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The Polferry Riddle (Colonel Gethryn #5)

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Philip MacDonald. The Polferry Riddle. An Anthony Gethryn Detective Story. Garden City: The Crime Club, Inc., 1931. Octavo. 319 pages. Black cloth binding and dust jacket.
Paperback, 319 pages
Published September 12th 1983 by Vintage (first published 1931)
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First published in 1931. #6 Anthony Gethryn, gentleman investigator, London, Cornwall; classic police procedural/thriller. Also published as THE CHOICE.

A rich and beautiful lady dies in a dark old house; classic themes crafted by a master. There’s madness, love, and death, thrilling chase scenes and multiple possibile culprits, superb pacing, lots of twists and turns plus a tasty finale, all beautifully mixed for a genuinely exciting read even after 80 years.

The characters are nearly stereotype
May 12, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
There are only eight people in Watch House, perched over the sea, and three of them are sitting in a room together. Yet beautiful Eve Hale-Soford is dead. The police have no evidence that any of the people present had a motive for killing her, and no evidence points to any of them. So the case seems to die. Then first one, then another suspect is killed in an accident. Now charming young Susan Kerr seems next in line. Her fiance frantically seeks the help of Anthony Gethryn, who works with ...more
Dec 03, 2011 Lawrence rated it it was ok
The book was off to a good start with a death that only 4 suspects could have done in a remote house on a stormy night. most of the story moves along nicely, but the solution is disappointing.
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Philip MacDonald (who some give as 1896 or 1899 as his date of birth) was the grandson of the writer George MacDonald and son of the author Ronald MacDonald and the actress Constance Robertson.

During World War I he served with the British cavalry in Mesopotamia, later trained horses for the army, and was a show jumper. He also raised Great Danes. After marrying the writer F. Ruth Howard, he moved
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“Anthony took the pipe out of his mouth and smiled at her. "Sorry, dear! You know I don't mean to get like this, but I can't help it. What you want me to tell you is what I'm thinking, but I can't, because I don't know. Now, now, that's not clever, it's purely a statement of fact. We've been married quite long enough for you to know me by this tim, but you never seem to have understood properly what a tidy mind I've got. That, you know, is really why I'm always getting mixed up in this 'finding-out' business. When I see a thing all unreasonable and all at loose ends, I just have to see whether I can't straighten it out, and it's the same with my own thinking. When my own thinking's just a mess, it isn't tidy, and therefore I won't let it release its untidiness onto the world. I have to get it nicely rearranged and sorted before I can really talk.” 1 likes
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