by Gilbert Adair - £7.99 Faber and Faber (2008)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780571226382 | ISBN 10: 0571226388
Boxing Day circa 1935. A Christmas party at a snowed-in manor on the edge of Dartmoor. Overhead, in the attic, lies the dead body of Raymond Gentry, gossip columnist and blackmailer, shot through the heart. But the attic door is locked from the inside, its sole window is traversed by thick iron bars, and, naturally, there is no sign of a murderer or a murder weapon.
Fortunately (though, for the murderer, unfortunately), one of the guests is the formidable Evadne Mount, the bestselling author of countless classic whodunits. In fact, were she not its presiding sleuth, The Act of Roger Murgatroyd is exactly the type of whodunit she herself might have written...
"A classic whodunit with a period country-house setting, a cast of equally suspect characters, not one but two apparently unfathomable murders and an ingenious solution."
(Times Literary Supplement)
"A witty homage to Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and a clever literary send-up of Golden Age detective fiction."
(Price & availability last checked: August 2018)