Published by Carroll & Graf Publishers on October 1, 1990 (first published 1927)
Genres: Vintage Mystery
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Eric Crowther knew everybody's secrets, so there was no shortage of suspects when he was found shot at the White Cottage. Chief Inspector Challenor and his son Jerry had to look deep into everyone's past - including the dead man's - before they could be sure who had pulled the trigger.
With a country house, blackmail, and murder, "The White Cottage Mystery" has all the making for a classic cozy mystery.
The plot is simple: Jerry finds a lovely girl and drives her home. Just as they arrive, a shot is heard. The dead man is a neighbor, who is hated by everyone around him. It just so happens that Jerry’s father is the famous Detective Chief Inspector Challenor, and aided by his son, he will do everything in his power to solve the mystery.
We’ve got plenty of suspects. Everyone really did hate the man, although no one wants to tell Challenor why. We’ve got a nice batch of secrets, a few red herrings, and a bit of travel. There’s even a little romance because of course, Jerry falls in love with the girl.
The White Cottage mystery is an enjoyable read, but I found I didn’t really care about any of the characters, maybe because the novel was so short. The final solution was well-done. All the clues added up, but I wouldn’t have guessed who the killer was. I will probably stick with Allingham’s Campion stories though.
This sounds like the ‘old fashioned’ type of mystery that I’m finding myself drawn to lately though as someone who tends to find themselves disappointed by short stories I’m not too sure if this is one for me.