|Title||:||Blood upon the Snow|
|Number of Pages||:||289 Pages|
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Blood upon the Snow Reviews
Blood Upon the Snow by Hilda Lawrence is an almost kind of book. The plot almost reeled me in. The mystery almost had me hooked. I almost liked the detective and the other characters. I almost cared what happened next. But I never really did. Lawrence never did provide the final spark that caught fire to make this story blaze for me.On the face of it, it seemed like it would be a pretty interesting little vintage mystery. Written in 1944 and set on the snowbound East Coast, it had the makings of a good story. Private detective Mark East is hired by Joseph Stoneman to come to the elegant Crestwood estate. When he arrives, Stoneman tells him that all he wants him for is to act as his private secretary, but Stoneman's manner and nervous hands tell the detective another story. Then East learns of his employer's tumble down the cellar stairs. In the days that follow East's arrival, the cook dies in a mysterious fire and a housemaid disappears. Two more deaths follow and a snowstorm makes it quite plain that no one from the outside can be responsible for the mysterious events at Crestwood. As I said, all the makings of a good little classic mystery.But Lawrence never quite gets all pulled together. There are no scenes or descriptions that allow the reader to form any sympathies with any of the characters... or for that matter to form any definite dislikes and suspicions. The clues are odd and misplaced except for the whereabouts of the final corpse--I managed to guess that one! The wrap-up scene was confusing and once the final details were revealed I'm willing to agree that the culprit was a wrong-un, but I had no way of really determining that prior to that scene. East says "we" should have guessed when the rock went through the window, but I just don't see how.The only character I really liked was Beulah Pond. She makes a nice counter-part to Mark East and is very brave in offering her services to help wrap-up the mystery. An intelligent, useful woman who doesn't flinch at danger instead of the shy, retiring or fainting young girl in need of male assistance.Overall: Two and a half stars (the extra half goes to Miss PondFirst posted on my blog My Reader's Blcok. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.
Truly one of the worst books I have read; first 50 pages are character and plot development with no action, then the cook is murdered. Next 50 pages are mostly padding - reactions to the murder and other non-events, but nothing about solving the mystery. Then the maid is murdered, followed by another 100 pages of padding and non-events. Finally the supposed head of the house disappears, and 50 more pages of padding follow. It is only in the final 20 pages when all the suspects are gathered together that the many seemingly random events and occurrences are tied together supposedly based on convoluted events from the past (stolen identities, murders, kidnappings, out-of-wedlock births, and other nonsense). Even with all the padding, none of the characters are well developed and the plot line is fractured and nonsensical.This book appears on some cozy mystery lists as a Christmas mystery, but it has nothing to do with Christmas. It takes place in December, but the word "Christmas" appears 3 times in 271 pages and it has no bearing on the plot. There are no references to Christmas activities, decorations, parties, gifts, etc. Whoever may have labelled this a Christmas mystery obviously did not read the book, and I am aghast that such people would bother to compile such lists without actually reading the books.
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La mia valutazione non raggiunge le 4 stelle piene perché lo svelamento finale dei fatti non mi ha del tutto soddisfatta. Non mi è ben chiaro come siano state scoperti alcuni fatti fondamentali e cosa abbia indirizzato l'investigatore in quella direzione. Per es. non viene detto, o io non l'ho capito, se Mark abbia scoperto chi fosse davvero Perrin da qualche indizio o atteggiamento osservato.Nel complesso un buon giallo, da leggere quando fuori nevica.
I had trouble deciding whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. I went with 4 in the hope that somethign better is out there.The opening was intense and disturbing.So complicated, so unexpected, but clues were there...