I had heard about Henry Gamadge series by Elizabeth Daly and decided to begin reading them now. Unfortunately, this first one involving wills and impersonations, actors with marvellous skills, suffering heroines (who are actually insufferable), and a hero who the author is at pains to present as an insignificant normal bloke, didn’t impress me much. I think the most galling thing was that had the hero stayed for a couple of hours more at a particular place, all the tragedies that took place would not have occurred. Knowing the urgency of the situation and yet leaving at that crucial time somehow struck me as a little too much. But then again had he not left, we wouldn’t have had a murder mystery….
First Line: PINE TRUNKS IN a double row started out of the mist as the headlights caught them, opened to receive the car, passed like an endless screen, and vanished.
Publication Details: Felony and Mayhem, 2013
First Published: 1940
Series: Henry Gamadge#1