this is the 105th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books
Death in the Old Country by Eric Wright © date 1985, Charles Scribner 1985 hardcover – mystery – 3rd Inspector Charlie Salter. (later paperback cover shown)
After reading the fine review of this book last week over on the blog In Reference To Murder , I decided I had to read it. I highly recommend you follow the link to hop over there and read that review, as it’s much more complete and in depth than my scribblings here. You might want to do that now, then pop back here for the rest of this one.
I picked up a copy one afternoon at the library, and finished it that night. Now, it usually takes me two or three days to read even a moderately sized book – I’m not a fast reader – so for me to get through a 175 page book in an afternoon and evening is unusual, and an indication that it’s an easy, entertaining book. I like that this book has a straight-forward plot, told in third person without any alternate points of view, flashbacks or anything else to detract from the story. Wright does a nice job with character, place, plot.
Death in the Old Country by Eric Wright is about a Canadian homicide Inspector, Charlie Salter, who, with his wife Annie, is on holiday in England. They decide to stay an extra day or two at a B&B with excellent food, hoping to let the downpour subside before moving on to the Lake District. On their third day a murder occurs, and naturally Salter is pulled in, somewhat reluctantly, by the local coppers.
The plot contains some twists, and I saw the somebody-masquerading-as-somebody-else plot point coming from a distance, but that took none of the enjoyment of the reading. I’m now looking to get the first in the series, The Night the Gods Smiled and read that one. I like Salter and want to read more of his adventures.
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