Unexpected Night by Agatha Christie's favorite mystery writer, Edgar Award-winner Elizabeth Daly
"Elizabeth Daly rose like a star on the mystery fans' horizon with Unexpected Night."—The New York Times
"Spooky from start, with extra shivery climax at [a] theatrical performance where death plays leading role."—The Saturday Review of Literature
Amberly Cowden was staying at a Maine golf resort just as he attained the age of majority, and with it a one million dollar inheritance. "He is imagined to have celebrated his coming of age by going out and falling off a cliff. Poor old Amby." "Poor old Amby," indeed, but it is fine news and better timing for his relatives. Had he died before reaching the age of 21, every cent of the money would have gone to "some French connections" utterly alien to Amberly's American relations.
As luck would have it, the extra-keen sleuth Henry Gamadge is at the resort for a bit of R&R. Never one to ignore a suspicious turn of events, Gamadge vows to get to the bottom of young Amberly's death, no matter what the cost.
Approximately 64,000 words in length.
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A most excellent murder. Ever read one of those books where you get to the end of it, slap your forehead and shout, "Of course! How did I miss that?!?!" This is one of those books. It gives you plenty of fair play clues, a healthy helping of red herrings, an engaging sleuth, and leaves you wanting to read more from this very talented writer.
This one has been on my shelf for a while after finding a copy in a used bookstore. I was unfamiliar with author Elizabeth Daly and her creation Henry Gamadge, and in fact was unclear on whether this was the first Gamadge mystery or not. The way the character is introduced felt odd for a first appearance; it felt like the author pre-supposed readers would know certain things about her main character (including reference to a sidekick in New York City who has a penchant for codes and cloak-and-dagger, who helps solve the mystery but whom we never see). Gamadge himself is a pretty straightforward amateur detective type, skilled in noticing what people aren't saying, and piecing together the things no-one else notices. He's a bit friendlier than Holmes, a bit less so than Jessica Fletcher. The mystery is borderline fair-play; part of the final reveal felt a bit forced but overall I was satisfied with how the strands came together. The story gets off to a bit of a slow start until the death of Amberley Cowden sets the main plot in motion, but does also meander a bit (which is saying something in a book that's only 175 pages long). I liked the book, but don't feel the urge to rush out and find the rest of the Gamadge books.