Murder in the Museum A British Library Crime Classic
by John Rowland
Poisoned Pen Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: May 3, 2016
The British Library Crime Classics have a distinct charm that sets them apart from modern offerings. The time in which they were first published gives them a unique cultural flavor. While Murder in the Museum is not the only mystery written by John Rowland, the man perceived himself foremost as a journalist. Thus it is no surprise that a past newspaper story holds a very important clue.
Henry Fairhurst is a mild mannered man, easily dominated by his spinster sister. He takes pleasure in the time he spends at the British Museum Reading Room, imagining he like Holmes can detect much from the appearance and demeanor of the other visitors. His fantasies of being involved in a mystery inquiry become reality when he discovers the death of Professor Julius Arnell. The packet of sugared almonds in the professor's pocket and the manner of...
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