When Professor Julius Arnell breathes his last in the hushed atmosphere of the British Museum Reading Room, it looks like death from natural causes. Who, after all, would have cause to murder a retired academic whose life was devoted to Elizabethan literature? Inspector Shelley's suspicions are aroused when he finds a packet of poisoned sugared almonds in the dead man's pocket; and a motive becomes clearer when he discovers Arnell's connection to a Texan oil millionaire.
Soon another man plunges hundreds of feet into a reservoir on a Yorkshire moor. What can be the connection between two deaths so different, and so widely separated? The mild-mannered museum visitor Henry Fairhurst adds his detective talents to Inspector Shelley's own, and together they set about solving one of the most baffling cases Shelley has ever encountered.
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JOHN ROWLAND (1907-1984) was a publisher, journalist, civil servant and Unitarian minister whose detective novels have long been neglected. This is the first republication of Murder in the Museum since its original appearance in 1938.Review:
This is a classic whodunit with great characters and a enjoyable sleuth in a time gone by that is delightfully described for the reader.(Lori Reed NetGalley)
Charming but short mystery from the late 30's....I enjoyed it so much and found it moderately fast pace so wonderful, I read more than half of it at one sitting....A delightful mystery.(NetGalley)
In spite of the fact that the subject is murder, John Rowland's Murder in the Museum starts on a very light note. There's a lot here that seems tongue-in-cheek: the poisoned sugared almond, the bitter rivalry of Elizabethan scholars, and that makes Murder in the Museum a well-written romp of a crime story.(NetGalley)
Well, it looks like I started with a cracker! Murder in the Museum is a fast-paced, thrill ride from start to finish and, although I did manage to guess the murderer well before the big reveal, I really found it hard to put this book down for a second!...It truly is a high-octane book, one which wouldn't be too far fetched in modern literature. Given that this book was written in the 1930's shows an endurance to this mystery that many modern books lack.(Matthew Barnes Carpe Libris)
The British Library Crime Classics have a distinct charm that sets them apart from modern offerings. The time in which they were first published gives them a unique cultural flavor. While Murder in the Museum is not the only mystery written by John Rowland, the man perceived himself foremost as a journalist. Thus it is no surprise that a past newspaper story holds a very important clue....Murder in the Museum is a charming light mystery. It is cleverly plotted, but at all times the reader is secure in the knowledge that the killer will be found and that there will be a satisfactory resolution. There is very little violence and the clean nature of these books make them appropriate for all ages.(NetGalley)
I enjoyed the characters and their pursuit of the answers....You can guess at whodunit, but the definitive clue provided everyone with the murderer's name. Then it became a suspenseful chase to save someone's life and catch the murderer....There was no sex. There was some bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable mystery.(Genre Reviews)
This story has all of the elements of a classic British mystery, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story line. The ending was told in various letters which was clever and creative. Anyone who reads mysteries should add this one to his or her list.(Goodreads)
I really loved reading John Rowland's Murder in the Museum. It was a quick, entertaining read filled with characters that you can't help wanting to spend time with....As I said I loved this one. I loved the mystery of it, the unfolding of clues and suspects. It was also a tension-filled read in many ways. There is more than one crime, for one thing, and readers see one crime in progress. It's a suspenseful read to be sure!!!(NetGalley)
This book drew me in from the start, it had quite a few twists and turns and just when I though I had it sorted out, it twisted back again. a little slow in the middle but still a very enjoyable read. If you like and old fashion mystery, you'll like this one.(Goodreads)
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