A fabulous Mystery originally published in 1936!
“He seemed as if he might be interesting. People with no moral often are, and someone who makes no pretence of having any always is.
A convert to the recent fad of “spiritualism”, James Warrenton purchases the old, and purportedly haunted, Amberhurst Place. A cantankerous, yet easily amused, old man, he has far too many nephews, and far too much time.
Suspecting his family of only ever wanting his fortune, James strikes up a bet for his own entertainment with his nephews on the existence of ghosts.
Desperate to get into his uncle’s good graces, or at least not irritate him further, his four nephews vie for the place as prime heir to James’ estate.
Snide comments and ruthless remarks volley around Amberhurst, but when a harmless prank turns deadly, everyone is a suspect – even the ghost.”
I wasn’t entirely sure to start with whether I was going to enjoy this book when I saw that it had been written and published in 1930’s but it was really good! I actually quite enjoyed the way it was written.
This seems to me to be a classic murder mystery. James Warrenton buys a big house which is supposed to have a ghost. His nephews aren’t particularly believers and are actually only interested in getting all or, at the very least, a piece of his estate. Being newly into spiritualism, James puts a bet on with his nephews about the ghost, which leads to a prank that goes very wrong…..
There are quite a few characters in the story so at times I had to stop and think about who was who (but that’s down to my own concentration levels!) but I really enjoyed working through, with the police, who the murderer might have been and if it really was the ‘ghost’!
The only thing I will say is that the ending isn’t particularly solid and I think, can leave the conclusion somewhat open to interpretation……
Overall though I really enjoyed this and will definitely give this a re-read at some point in the future. I’ll also be looking for his other books!
Thanks to NetGalley and Agora Books for providing with a digital copy in return for an honest review.
Have you read this? I’d love to hear your thoughts….especially on the ending!