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Summary

First published in 1944, Fell Murder sees E.C.R. Lorac at the height of her considerable powers as a purveyor of well-made and traditional detective fiction. The book presents a fascinating 'return of the prodigal' mystery set in the later stages of the Second World War, amidst the close-knit farmerfolk community of Lancashire's lovely Lune valley. The Garths had farmed their fertile acres for generations. 

Garthmere Hall itself was old before Flodden Field, and here hot-tempered Robert Garth, still hale and hearty at 82, ruled his household with a rod of iron. The peaceful dales and fells of the North country provide the setting for this grim story of murder.

©1944 Estate of E.C.R Lorac (P)2020 Soundings

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The summary of this book does not do it justice.

I have found I enjoy the works of E C R Lorac immensely. Good read.

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Well written mystery, excellent narration

I thoroughly enjoyed this 1940’s mystery, The landscape and characters are beautifully drawn and I found the puzzle interesting and cleverly plotted. The narrator is excellent and he brings out the time and landscape well. The characters in the book are well drawn and the narration brings these to life. I hope more Golden age of Crime books including those of E C R Lorac will be recorded and using this narrator.

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Excellent story

This is a great crime classic from an author I’m just getting to know. The characters are real and believable. MacDonald is a joy! The descriptions of the countryside are beautiful and the plot is really good. The narration is excellent. What’s not to like? I now have several of Lorac’s books to explore.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

Recently discovered E.C.R. Lorac and this is yet another I have enjoyed . Interesting characters and plot . Glad to have found these older books and authors .

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A mixed bag

On the whole this was a pleasant listen. The narrator made a few errors in the reading. It was a different style of who do it. A steady pace of detection. Not a pot boiler. Not my favourite but I will maybe try another book by this author.

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  • 19-10-20

Nice cozy mystery

A ‘nice’ golden age mystery. I enjoyed the narrator’s performance best. The storyline was good but dragged on a bit in the middle. The book focused a lot on the land and the atmosphere of the times which I found interesting. I was tempted to skip ahead a few times but stuck it out. It did not have the twists and turns of typical golden age mysteries or what is characterized in some of e.c.r. Lorac’s later books. I figured out who the culprit was early in the story and after a while became impatient to get to the detecting to find out how the culprit would eventually be revealed. It took a while before CID McDonald came on the scene. But when he did, it became more interesting and the story went more quickly.

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  • tex-ann
  • 10-07-21

very good

This simple story was well written, easy to follow and beautifully descriptive. The characters are developed and easy to keep straight. This is a favorite.