Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Golden Age (30) : Seven Dead

Seven Dead by J. Jefferson Farjeon is one of those crime novels which features a fantastic opening premise but unfortunately the story which follows doesn't quite live up to it. In this story a burglar breaks into a seeming empty country house and has the fright of his life when he discovers a room with seven corpses in it! DI Kendall investigates what happened in the house, with the help of an amateur detective (of course) in the form of yacht owner Hazeldean.

The house's owner was not among the dead and the search for the owner takes Hazeldean across the channel to Boulogne. Kendall finally joins him but a bit late in the book, which is unfortunate as Hazeldean is a bit of an annoying character. For a start he becomes quite obsessed with the portrait of a child on the wall of house so that he must find the woman (she luckily) is now. Quite odd, something that hasn't aged well.

The story is fine and worth persevering with, to find out just what actually happened to those seven unfortunates, and it is novel. It just could have been a bit better. It is certainly is an unusual crime story if not a brilliant one.