The Hog's Back Mystery

The Hog's Back Mystery

Book - 2015
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'As pretty a piece of work as Inspector French has done ... On the level of Mr Crofts' very best; which is saying something.' – Daily Telegraph

Dr James Earle and his wife live in comfortable seclusion near the Hog's Back, a ridge in the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey countryside. When Dr Earle disappears from his cottage, Inspector French is called in to investigate. At first he suspects a simple domestic intrigue – and begins to uncover a web of romantic entanglements beneath the couple's peaceful rural life.

The case soon takes a more complex turn. Other people vanish mysteriously, one of Dr Earle's house guests among them. What is the explanation for the disappearances? If the missing people have been murdered, what can be the motive? This fiendishly complicated puzzle is one that only Inspector French can solve.

Freeman Wills Crofts was a master of the intricately and ingeniously plotted detective novel, and The Hog's Back Mystery shows him at the height of his powers. This new edition of a classic mystery is introduced by the crime fiction expert Martin Edwards.



Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, c2015
Edition: 1st US trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9781464203817
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CRO
Characteristics: 319 p. :,map ;,21 cm.

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athena14
Jun 30, 2018

French's summing-up of the case is long-winded and confusing.

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 03, 2017

A Police Procedural -- in spades. Although the attention to detail can become sort of tedious and made my eyes glaze over a few times, I never considered giving up on this. French is thorough to say the least in his investigation and questioning of people involved. Not much action, and maybe a little long at 300+ pages, but it was an okay read.

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maipenrai
Dec 26, 2016

The Hog's Back Mystery (1933)
(The Strange Case of Dr. Earle)
(The tenth book in the Inspector French series)
8. Sudden Death (1932)
9. Death on the Way (1932)
aka Double Death UNAVAILABLE SO FAR.....

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