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Untimely Death

Cyril Hare

A classic mystery from one of the best-loved and most influential English crime writers.

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ISBN
9780571288748
Date Published
15.12.2011
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Summary

Francis Pettigrew travels to Exmoor for a holiday with his wife – an area in which as a young boy he was traumatised by coming across a dead body on the moor. In an attempt to exorcise this trauma, Pettigrew walks across the moor to the place where the incident occurred – only to find another dead body. Moreover when he returns to the scene with the police, the body is gone. Did he really see a body – or is it a hallucination conjured up by his return to the scene of the crime that has haunted him since childhood? In Untimely Death, Cyril Hare conjures up an intriguing puzzle whose twists and turns will keep the reader turning the pages until the final surprising resolution.

Critic Reviews

As the latest PD James tale makes reference to this 1957 crime novel, and this year sees the 50th anniversary of Hare's death, it seems perfectly logical for Faber to re-release this "classic mystery". The real mystery is why some writers from the Golden Age of crime last, like Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers, while others, like Hare, don't. All three describe an England that no longer exists; their stories often depend upon the kind of class difference that seems comical now; there's a sexual prudery, even though the tensions in these relationships often give rise to the murder in question.

The Herald
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'Cyril Hare conjures up an intriguing puzzle whose twists and turns will keep the reader turning the pages until the final surprising resolution.' ,

Brian Ritterspak, Crime Time
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Cyril Hare was the pseudonym for the distinguished lawyer Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark. He was born in Surrey, in 1900, and was educated at Rugby and Oxford. A member of the Inner Temple, he was called to the Bar in 1924 and joined the chambers of Roland Oliver, who handled many of the great crime cases of the 1920s. He…

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