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An Old-Fashioned Mystery

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Readers will either love or hate this puzzler, built around the "Ten Little Indians" idea. A group of guests are invited to spend the weekend on an island off the coast of Canada; one by one they are murdered. Be sure to read the introduction. - The Mystery Lover's Companion, Art Bourgeau
Paperback, 239 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Avon Books
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Karl
Sep 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Runa Fairleigh is the pseudo name of L. A. Morse who is credited with writing the introduction to this book. L. A. Morse has also written four other crime novels. The "Old Dick" which won an Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America; "The Big Enchilada" and "Sleaze", featuring Sam Hunter, the L. A. private eye who, according to one reviewer, “makes Dirty Harry look like Mother Teresa”. Morse also wrote "The Flesh Eaters" a book about Cannibalistic cave dwellers (great cover).
Janet
Jan 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Another "gym" book. This one was a ripoff of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians/And Then There Were None with an incredibly stupid ending. It was good enough to keep reading but the low rating is for the above comments.
Ronald Wilcox
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Fun read very reminiscent of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Violet and Sebastian are fraternal twins. Violet gets invited to an island to celebrate the 25th birthday of a girl from school who she used to call "Mousey." She brings along her brother. Various others come to the island also and then the deaths begin ... You will never guess who the killer ultimately is.
Neer
A post-modern look at the genre of mystery. I was getting mighty tired of it, till I read the last part, and that quite redeemed the entire book for me.

First Line: "'This chutney tastes a bit off to me,' the major said.
Marisa
Feb 06, 2017 marked it as apuntados  ·  review of another edition
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Becky
Feb 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
And I'm being generous with one star. It would have been marginally better with less obnoxious characters. A ridiculous premise, in any case.

PS: Agatha Christie would be horrified.
Charlotte
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great fun! Lots of unexpected twists and turns as the rules of mystery writing are broken one by one.
Medlibrarian
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very clever mystery that takes on the 10 Commandments of Detective Fiction.
Patricia
Jun 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
As said, reader will love or hate it......I gave it a two.
Annette Fitzgerald
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Seems to be a gothic mystery except set in about the 1980s. The ending has a twist I've never seen before.
Kat
Oct 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
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It's an interesting idea. The unmasking of the perpentrator is something that has to be read to understand.
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