Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A-Z Blogging Challenge: Letter E

Day 5 of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Every day in April (except Sundays) I will be doing posts for each letter of the alphabet. It is my plan to make my posts reading &/or book-related. April 6th is brought to you by the Letter E.

E is for Elizabeth Daly. Elizabeth Daly was a mystery writer who wrote 16 novels featuring Henry Gamadge, an expert on rare books and manuscripts who often finds himself in the middle of extraordinary mysteries. Gamadge also seems to be a fairly wealthy man of independent means which allows him plenty of time to pursue his literary and criminal interests. His status as the amateur man of leisure makes him seem more like English amateur detective than a New Yorker. Some of the later mysteries also feature his wife, Clara. In fact, Daly's novel Evidence of Things Seen focuses on Clara quite a bit. In this one, Henry
is away from home doing work for the war effort and Clara thinks that a stay at a cottage in the Berkshires will be just thing. She soon learns about the resident ghost, a slender woman in a sunbonnet. It doesn't even bother her when she learns that the woman died one year the cottage that Clara is now renting. It seems like nothing more than an ethereal, spooky game until the woman's sister is strangled--while Clara dozes in a chair by her bed. The only clue Clara has is a vague memory/dream of a sunbonneted woman standing in the doorway. Eventually Henry - that supremely civilized gentleman-sleuth - arrives and together they solve the mystery.


Sherrie said...

Sounds like a great book. I've never read this author before. I'll have to check it out. Have a great day!

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fredamans said...

I've never read her books, though I love a good mystery so I think I should.