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The Sussex Downs Murder (Superintendent William Meredith #2)

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Title:The Sussex Downs Murder (Superintendent William Meredith #2)
Elmore, Ernest  Writing under the pseudonym: Bude, John   
(6 of 6 for author by title)
The Lake District Murder (Superintendent William Meredith #1)
Published:   1936
Publisher:Skeffington & Son
Tags:England, fiction, mystery

A book to be enjoyed for its setting in the Sussex Downs of Southern England; where the action takes place roughly between Amberley, Steyning, Storrington, Shoreham, Angmering and Littlehampton. The description of place, vitally important to true countrymen is handled confidently and convincingly.

Not all changes with the passage of time; deliveries made from Fortnum & Mason continue into our day. The mere thought, in 2016, of light occasional road traffic is a yearningly liberating dream. Drinkers have their own tankards kept behind the bar of the local pub. A Coroner’s inquest is held in the kitchen of a farmhouse (as they often were back then); all so very, very nostalgic and very different to scene and procedure today, in 2016. The initial absence of a body, deceased, impedes but does not prevent a police investigation; the mystery merely widens and deepens when bones eventually do come to light. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:172 Info

Author Bio for Elmore, Ernest

Ernest Carpenter Elmore (1901–1957) was an English theatre producer and director, and writer of crime and fantasy novels. He wrote his crime novels under the pseudonym John Bude.

Writing as John Bude, Elmore published thirty crime novels, with Inspector William Meredith appearing in most of them. The first two, both of which were published in 1935, were The Lake District Murder and The Cornish Coast Murder, followed the next year by The Sussex Downs Murder. These three have since been reprinted by the British Library. Elmore was a founder member of the Norfolk-based Crime Writers' Association in 1953.

Straddling the crime novels were several works of humorous fantasy written under his own name, the most well-known being: The Steel Grubs (1928), This Siren Song (1930) (which features some MacGuffins), and The Lumpton Gobbelings (1954) (about an invasion of naked little people who scandalize the local villagers). Including the children's book, Snuffly Snorty Dog (1946), Elmore wrote a total of seven books in his own name.

Fellow British crime author Martin Edwards commented: "Bude writes both readably and entertainingly. His work may not have been stunning enough to belong with the greats, but there is a smoothness and accomplishment about even his first mystery, The Cornish Coast Murder, which you don't find in many début mysteries."


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