J. Jefferson Farjeon Martin Edwards
- Title: Mystery in White
- Author: J. Jefferson Farjeon Martin Edwards
- ISBN: null
- Page: 234
- Format: Kindle Edition
On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea but no one is at home Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst ThisOn Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea but no one is at home Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst This classic Christmas mystery is republished for the first time since the 1930s, with an introduction by the award winning crime writer Martin Edwards.
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The golden age of mysteries, which included Nero Wolfe, Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christies. All authors I have read though not for many years. This author was apparently a very successful member of that group, but I had never heard of nor read him before. This book was re-released recently and I was captivated by the cover and the title. I forgot how fun these books are, the days before CSI, no forensics, DNA, computer data bases. Just plain, good old detecting, using the evidence in front of y [...]
3.5 stars for Mystery in White by J Jefferson Farjeon, the second book I have read by this author.On Christmas Eve a snowstorm rages. A group of disoriented travellers who, somewhat unwisely, have abandoned their stranded train, have stumbled upon a deserted house. But a deserted house where a bread knife lays on the floor, the kettle is boiling, the fires are lit and tea is laid.I really enjoyed most of this book. It was not until we got to the final chapters that it all began to wear a little [...]
The Hook - Last December I participated in an Elfster Holiday Swap with some book loving friends. Imagine my delight when I received two British Classic Christmas Crime Mysteries from across the seas from a Tracey in the UK. I saved both for this Christmas season and just finished the first. The Line - ”Miss Noyes”, replied Lydia, “suppose this house belonged to you, and you returned to it after the world’s worst snowstorm, would you rather find your larder empty or seven skeletons? The [...]
Once again I'm pleased to have read a re-release of a late 1930s classic mystery, Mystery in White, that combines elements of many other classics (many that had not yet been written!). There is the journey of a disparate group on Christmas Eve; the train stuck in the storm on the tracks; some passengers who decide to strike out for a nearby rail station despite the storm. And then the deserted, yet welcoming, country house. Are there ghosts or are there humans to beware of. Many questions and a [...]
This Golden Age mystery was first published in 1937. It is Christmas Eve and a group of people are stranded on a train after heavy snow. There are a good cast of characters, including an elderly bore, a psychic, a brother and sister, a young office clerk and a chorus girl travelling to an audition. The psychic, Edward Maltby, decides to leave the train and attempt to find another station and he is soon followed by others from his train carriage. Indeed, eventually the travellers find themselves [...]
Captivated by Thirteen Guests (1936), I wasted no time downloading the only other J. Jefferson Farjeon novel I could find in the Kindle format: Mystery in White, first published the following year. This novel proved even better than the first — and that’s saying something! Dorothy L. Sayers called Farjeon “unsurpassed for creepy skill in mysterious adventures,” and he certainly proves it in Mystery in White!Led by the intrepid and perspicacious Edward Maltby, 60 years old and a proud mem [...]
I loved this book, maybe it's just the right time of the year to read a snowbound mystery at Christmas but it was great! A bit of gothic, a bit of supernatural and a real entertaining read-I'm thinking it would make a wonderful movie in light of the Agatha Christie Murder on the Orient Express remake.
This was great! Fast paced read of Noir style. For me, as good as the Orient Express. This is a great cosy Christmas read. People who review on have often read so much that nothing is original to them, and they are hard to please. Is that fair to say? Anyhow, if you are looking for social political commentary that will blow your mind and change your life look elsewhere. If you just want a damn good read pick this up!
Here's a mystery youwantto put down.It's so mindlessly banal that it's perfect for air-train travel. It requires no concentration; it's just a way to pass the time, uh-huh, til you get there. Published in 1937, this story of an oddball group snowbound in a country house at Christmas has been getting some Cheerio Rediscovered write-ups in the UK press. It should have been left in mothballs -- or snowballs. The characters are bland, and the plot turns on long-lost rels and an altered Will. Agatha [...]
This has little in common with Murder on the Orient Express, aside from the whole train in winter thing.This is my second British Library Crime Classic by J. Jefferson Farjeon. I previously read Thirteen Guests, which was a traditional English Country House murder. I preferred Mystery in White to that one, but I have yet to find one of these BLCC mysteries that comes close to a Christie or a Sayers. I suppose that is, in part, why they are long out of print and need to be "rediscovered."However, [...]
I'm going to mark this one as finished because I'm not finishing it. I read a lot of 30s and 40s books, so it wasn't the style so much as the execution. I know some love this book but it was just boring to me. It had the potential to be one of those fun when you're in the mood for it kind of books, but became harder and harder to ever get in that mood, because I didn't care about any of these people and the constant verbal interaction between the characters I couldn't warm to made it rough going [...]
THE first thing David did on emerging from the front door was to pitch head first into a mound of snow. For a moment or two he nearly suffocated, while countless soft, icy pellets invaded his back as though he were being bombarded by silent salvos from heaven. Then he scrambled out, and strained ears choked with snow for a repetition of the shout. Already he had lost his sense of direction, for all he could see was a bewildering succession of snowflake close-ups, almost blinding vision. During t [...]
The highly successful reissue of this book in 2014 by the British Library initiated not just a series of classic-era crime reissues by the BL but a revival of interest in classic crime novels in general.It's Christmas Eve, and a train gets stuck in the snow in the middle of nowhere. Some of the passengers attempt to walk to the nearest station, get lost, and find themselves at a house where the fires are lit in the grates, the kettle's boiling on the stove, the table has been set for tea . . . b [...]
Novela del género clásico de misterio al estilo de Agatha Christie. Al principio cuesta entrar en la historia pero luego tanto el misterio como sobre todo la resolución del caso me han parecido ingeniosos.
Ich fürchte, die englischen Krimis aus dem "Goldenen Zeitalter" sind nichts für mich. Positiv hier: Es gibt viel Schnee. Wenn das aber auch schon das einzig Gute ist, das mir zum Roman einfällt, dann passt es wohl nicht.
Mystery in White (1937) by J. Jefferson Farjeon finds a train full of people stuck in an unexpectedly heavy winter storm as they are on their way to various Christmas destinations It's a situation very familiar to fans of the Golden Age mystery story. But Farjeon gives the scenario a deft twist from that of Christie's Orient Express. Instead of keeping everyone snugly in place on the trapped train, he sends them out into the wintry whiteness. After they've been stuck for what seems an eternity, [...]
What better to settle down with as Christmas approaches than a crime story set over the two days of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That is what J Jefferson Farjeon provides us with and the word 'Mystery' in the title is the operative word. The reason for this is that oft times when the goings on in the plot are very much a mystery to the reader!A train is stranded in snow and for some inexplicable reason a group of passengers decided to embark and try to walk to a nearby station to see if ther [...]
I usually really enjoy a classical detective story such as this one without any DNA, internet, video,.cts but in this case there was no point at which I was really interested in the story or the characters. Everything felt too planned and the solution to all the murders was the most banal one with unrealistic motives. Still an easy read and festive audio book.
This classic mystery has been reissued and is all over Waterstone's this season. The cover alone is reason to buy the book, very stylishly evocative of the 1930s. The story keeps the promise of the cover -- a cozy, though faintly menacing, mystery involving a group of people who abandon their carriage on a snowbound train and strike out through a blizzard, hoping to get to a nearby station. Instead, they gratefully stumble on a country manor, where they find fires blazing in hearths, a meal laid [...]
A different spin to the 'manor house murder' subgenre. The few paranormal aspects to this were just the right amount to lend a certain spookiness to the story while not stretching my credulity too far.
This is actually 3 1/2 stars rounded up. When will get 1/2 stars?I love vintage crime novels and mysteries. I think they have a distinct feel, a sense of time and place that is sorely lacking from many new books, which often just strive to be outrageous and/or gory. It's fun to discover authors I haven't read before. J Jefferson Farjeon published books from 1924 to 1955, the year of his death. In his day, he was a popular writer, admired by Dorothy L. Sayers, who said, "Jefferson Farjeon is qui [...]
4.5 Sterne für ein Zurückversetzen in die Zeit von Agatha Christie und dem Charme von schwarz-weiß Fernsehen - ganz toller, weihachtlicher Krimi Also das Buch passt einfach hervorragend in die (Vor)Weihnachtszeit oder eisige Winterabende! Ein Krimi, der mich sehr an Agatha Christie erinnert und den Charme der alten schwarz-weiß Filme ♥ Vor allem das Cover verstärkt diesen Eindruck noch und passt wirklich perfekt zur Geschichte!Die Charaktere lernt man im Zug kennen, der in einem starken S [...]
Stranded on a train in a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, a group of passengers decide to walk to the shelter of a nearby station, but stumble instead upon an unlocked house in which they find blazing fires, a table set for tea and a well stocked larderbut no inhabitants.There is plenty of mystery here, lots of melodrama and atmosphere, and a diverse cast of charactersrow in a sprinkling of the supernatural, and you have an entertaining, seasonal whodunnit, which is nicely old fashioned.I enjoyed try [...]
this is a book of its time. the language is very Noel Coward and after a while it did start to grate a little. I really wanted to enjoy this book, set in an old house in the middle of a snowstorm on Xmas eve, a group of strangers come together and solve a mystery. What isn't there to like? it just gets very staid, instead of the action revealing what is happening there is a lot of talking and thinking which reveals the plot. the ending did get a bit confusing because of the telling of it, and th [...]
This is really fun, full of creepy moments: faint noises behind locked doors and footsteps suddenly appearing in the snow. It's pretty fast-paced, explores detective novel character types and gives a little nod to the traditional Christmas ghost story too. Definitely one to read by the fire during the holidays.
I found this book very atmospheric and mysterious with a great setting for Christmas. It's not really a typical Golden Age Mystery in that you can't follow all the clues through to a solution but I think you just have to go with the flow and see where it takes you.
3.5 stars A little better than average, but mostly just the perfect read for a snowy December!
Novela de trama compleja y aire teatral, despliega un abanico de personajes originales (aunque un tanto esquemáticos) y logra sumir al lector en la misma sensación de desconcierto que ellos sufren. Pero en su recta final las dudas se disipan y la explicación de las situaciones vividas resulta satisfactoria: Seguir leyendo
A fun little Christmas mystery from the 1930s that also flirts with being a ghost story. A train gets stopped in the snow on Christmas Eve. Several passengers decide to leave the train and come across a country house. No one answers their knock on the door, but it is unlocked, so they decide to wait out the storm inside. Inside, they are perplexed. The house is empty, but there is a fire in the fireplace, a kettle on the stove for tea, and the table set. And one traveler thinks he hears somethin [...]
This was exactly what I was wanting. It's the perfect classic British cozy for Christmas: a group of people, snowbound in a lonely house over Christmas, and something is clearly not right.The plot was clever, and the characters quirky. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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