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Elspeth Antonelli is the author of 12 murder mystery games (available through www.host-party.com) and 2 mystery scripts that have been performed world-wide. She is currently finishing a "Claudio Rossi" mystery novel entitled "Spy My Shadow" which will be the first of several books taking place in England or Guernsey between 1935 and 1945.
THE DAUGHTER OF TIME, Josephine Tey
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NOR LIVE SO LONG, Sara Woods
Anthony Maitland and his wife, Jenny, are on holiday in a Yorkshire village, Three young women have been strangled. Anthony comes to the rescue. His wife's nephew, Stephen, is the solicitor for a friend, Peter Dutton, the main suspect in the strangling. The locals think otherwise, having chosen their own suspect. Anthony comes to the rescue.
Having read this over twenty years ago, I have little memory of it. But I read most of Sara Wood;s output and always got what I expected.
Lana Hutton Bowen-Judd was a British mystery writer, better known under her pseudonym Sara Woods, but using also the pen names of Anne Burton, Mary Challis, and Margaret Leek.
During the Second World War, she worked in a bank and as a solicitor's clerk in London, where she gained much of the information later used in her novels. Lana married Anthony George Bowen-Judd on April 25, 1946, and they ran a pig breeding farm between 1948 and 1954. In 1957 they moved to Nova Scotia where she worked as a college registrar until 1964.
In 1961 she wrote her first novel, Bloody Instructions, introducing the hero of forty-nine of her mysteries, Anthony Maitland, an English barrister. (This is from Wikipedia.)
I chose this particular book because it was the last of hers I read, and I read it in 1986. Sara Woods' books were more or less courtroom dramas. Almost every book featured a trial. Anthony Maitland's wife and uncle figured heavily in the stories. I think I read most of them. It amazes me that a writer of this number of book could be so utterly forgotten today.This according to reviewer Alan Paul Curtis on Whodunnit, , "Sara Woods had a rather rigid method used in her novels: There were always two parts – the first where the crime (or crimes) were committed and some research was accomplished, then the last section which always dealt with the trial itself. Ms. Woods may have been imitating the stories of Perry Mason here – or perhaps it was the other way around – but nonetheless, she achieves an interesting formula and a captivating tale. Perhaps one of the reasons Ms. Woods wasn't the recipient of any major awards that we're aware of is the fact that her books lack the intricate plots such authors usually employ. Whatever the reason, it's not enough to disregard her efforts, and all her books are entertaining, with the offer of a bracing, uncomplicated plot." Anyone else remember Sara Woods?
Ed Gorman is the author of Ticket to Ride and numerous other novels and collections You can find him here.
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