Fire in the Thatch A British Library Crime Classic by E.C.R. Lorac

When Nicholas Vaughan, a respectable tenant farmer, dies in a fire, many people come under suspicion.  These include the disliked Gressingham, a wealthy businessman, with an interest in buying country property, Gressingham’s rather sleazy friend and even Vaughan’s sister. When Scotland Yard Inspector Macdonald gets on the case, the mystery thickens even more. Why did Vaughan settle in Devon instead of his beloved North and who was the girl he was planning to marry?

This was an enjoyable and cosy mystery with well-rounded characters and lyrical descriptions of the beauty of the countryside.  It was clever as well, keeping the reader guessing until the end.  I am looking forward to reading more of E.C. R. Lorac’s classic mysteries.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review.



Hels said…
Many thanks. But here is a question. If ECR Lorac didn't die until the late 1950s, how come her name is much less familiar than other crime writers of the same generation? In the 1960s and 1970s, I was a huge fan of British crime stories, and later Scandinavian noir as well.

Lorac must have been prolific.. I am not sure how a person can squeeze in at least two completed novels every year. Anyhow, let me start with one of her books.

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