The Lake District Murder

John Bude

John Bude

Distributed for British Library

288 pages | 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780712357166 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only
The Lake District Murder opens with the discovery of a faceless body in an isolated garage, then follows Inspector Meredith through a complex investigation where every clue seems to lead only to another puzzle. Was this a bizarre suicide, or something more sinister? Why was the dead man apparently making plans to flee the country? And what does all this have to do with the newly discovered shady business dealings of the garage? All becomes clear in time, but not before John Bude has led readers through a rousing investigation, full of unexpected twists and turns, set against the stunning backdrop of the Lake District.
           
This newest installment in the British Library Crime Classics series takes readers to the Lake District for a perfect example of the cozy mystery, sure to charm all fans of the genre.
Publishers Weekly
"Originally published in 1935, Bude's murder mystery remains as intriguing today as it was upon its release almost 80 years ago. Set in the spectacular Lake District, the novel opens with the discovery of a body in a secluded garage. Inspector Meredith then begins what turns into a complicated investigation. In addition to having to find out the identity and motives of the killer, he must determine whether or not the dead man was planning on leaving the country, and if he was connected to the disreputable dealings taking place at the garage. The deeper Meredith delves into the case, the more complicated it becomes. A cast of believable, colorful characters will keep the reader engaged from start to finish."
Literary Review
“Bude’s books . . . are easy-reading period pieces that deserve to be revived.”
Pretty Sinister Books
“John Bude is a welcome addition to an exciting explosion of classic crime reprints from a variety of independent presses and the British Library seems to be leading the way in discovering forgotten writers well worth reading. You’d do well to acquaint yourself with his entertaining mysteries.”
Contents
Introduction
 
1. The Body in the Car
 
2. Meredith Gets Going
 
3. The Puzzle of the Hose-Pipe
 
4. Clue at the Bank?
 
5. Motive?
 
6. Sensational Verdict
 
7. The Parked Petrol Lorry
 
8. Prince and Bettle Explain
 
9. Investigations at the Lothwaite
 
10. Discoveries at the Depot
 
11. Problem Number Two
 
12. Fraud?
 
13. Meredith Sets His Scheme in Motion
 
14. The Quart in the Pint Pot!
 
15. The Inspector of Weights and Measures
 
16. The Bee’s Head Brewery
 
17. The Muslin Bag
 
18. Meredith Goes to Earth
 
19. Pipes
 
20. “The Admiral”
 
21. Reconstruction of the Crime
 
22. Circumstantial Evidence
 
23. The Last Round-Up
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