Murder at the Chase

Severn House. (Langham & Dupré, Bk. 2). Dec. 2014. 218p. ISBN 9780727884251. $28.95. M
Crime writer Donald Langham and Maria Dupré, a literary agent's assistant, have decided to take a vacation to romantic, rural Suffolk, where Donald plans to propose. It's 1955, and London is still recovering from the privations of World War II. When Donald learns that the father of a writer friend has vanished from his locked study at Endicott's Chase, near the village of Humble Barton, where Donald and Maria are staying, he is intrigued. It seems that Elliot Endicott had been writing a biography of Vivian Stafford, a notorious Satanist; could that be a clue to his disappearance?
VERDICT Brown's charming English locked-room mystery (after Murder by the Book) features a well-crafted and exciting plot and two attractive protagonists who epitomize a postwar English generation willing to reach across class lines. For readers who enjoy classic Golden Age mysteries.
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