Review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free × Eilís DillonEnjoyed this solidly written cozy whodunnit set in Ireland The murder mysterypolice procedural takes place in a hotel whose guests are predominantly aged and ather uirky The hero of the a hotel whose guests are predominantly aged and ather uirky The hero of the George Arrow is elatively young but has had a health scare and is sent to Crane s Court to ecuperate Of course events don t uite go to plan for GeorgeI enjoyed the atmosphere the coziness of the mystery itself and the setting Also appreciated that the majority of characters on offer were of an older vintage as well The mystery itself wasn t as clear cut as I had initially thought which added to the charm overall Well worth a look at a smooth ead Eilis Dillon was a most interesting author who wrote three detective novels in the early 1950 s This is the first Set in a Galway hotel populated by a fascinating array of well delineated characters it is a beautifully written tale of murder blackmail and secretsThis is not one for those who like complex puzzles The murderer is not too difficult to spot but
the motive ismotive is obvious The joy of the book is in the fine writing and the careful characterisation There are some good portraits of strong women and the main investigator Inspector Kenny is just introspective enoughHighly ecommended This is the first of a 3 book mystery series by Dillon Since there are The Afterlife of Little Women recurring characters it s probably better toead them in order but I didn t find it mattered The characters are fairly interesting but odd The detective Mike Kenny frets a good deal is overwhelmed and wearied by the task of solving the crime Repeatedly George Arrow who kicks the story off is a fuss budget who takes it to a whole new level There are a couple of hysterics one looney a bunch of nasties and a scattering of hostiles This might account for Mike s weariness The story setting and writing are uite good so it s too bad they aren t host to a congenial lot of characters OTOH there are those laugh out loud moments I was disappointed in this I have loved Eilis Dillon s children s book. Cozy chatty Irish whodunnit staged in a hotel sanatorium near Galway A new propriet. .
S They have wonderful characters and a great sense of place This was A Nice Cozy Mystery nice cozy mystery nothing special I enjoyed it I had hoped for based on her earlier books If you like a good cozy mystery this o Murder strikes at a hotel on the Galway Bay in this witty Irish Mystery by Eilis aye lish Dillon Published in 1953 this is the first of three mysteries by "This Wonderful Irish Writer What A Loss To The Genre "wonderful Irish writer What a loss to the genre she didn t write mysteries among her 50 published booksEilis was born in Galway Ireland into a family deeply involved in the events of the Irish War of Independence Her great uncle Joseph Mary Plunkett was one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of Independence and was executed by firing suad following the Rebellion of Easter Week 1916 Her father and mother were both in jail at various times for political easons For info on Eilis Dillon see her website here Book description from back cover of Rue Morgue editionGeorge Arrow is a bachelor of independent means who when diagnosed with a weak heart is urged to live out his days at Crane s Court a comfortable hotel on the Bay of Galway On the train he chances to meet the hotel s
new owner johnowner John who has just inherited the property and announces his intentions to shake things up a bit and so he does He uickly makes enemies of all the guests and staff except for Eleanor Keane the ambitious office manager who means to marry him Meanwhile George makes friends with the amiable Professor Daly one of the many old people who eside permanently on the premises When Burden is stabbed through the heart Daly s old friend Inspector Mike Kenny soon discovers that practically everybody at the hotel has good Lord Byron at Harrow School: Speaking Out, Talking Back, Acting Up, Bowing Out reason to want him dead particularly Barbara Henry the previous owner s widowed niece who now stands to inherit Crane s court And it turns out that her uncle may have been murdered as well Told with gentle wit and charm this first detective novel by aenowned Irish writer of children s and literary fiction was originally pu. Or a particuarly evolting spivvish sadist is stabbed soon after interfering with Blished in 1953 and was followed by two others before she gave up crime writing for goodMs Dillon has a way with words An example from chapter 2 The veranda was still full of people when George eached the glass door and looked in He was not a of people when George eached the glass door and looked in He was not a man but he uailed a little before the barrage of eyes turned TOWARDS HIM IT WAS LIKE LOOKING INTO AN AUARIUM him It was like looking into an auarium of ancient carp he thought for most of the people were old and they all stared with the intense single mindedness and lack of embarrassment of the aged He opened the door marched in and looked about him a little truculently for a vacant table There was dead silence There was no vacant table The old people were grinning fiendishly now and one or two had begun to comment audible though favorably on his appearance His knees wavered Then a voice beside him said in an undertone You had better sit here with me Mr Arrow till the excitement dies down I can just see those "old carp staring fiendishly can t youDeath at Crane s Court is a character driven story and oh what characters they "carp staring fiendishly can t youDeath at Crane s Court is a character driven story and oh what characters they Arrow Thinks he is dying of a bad heart and has come here to live out his days in elative uiet and peace Afraid to do anything strenuous or get stressed out He falls in love with Mrs HenryJohn Burden The odious new owner of the Court who wastes no time in making sure everyone wants to bump him offProfessor Daly An elderly professor of English literature with a secretMrs Robinson Dubbed the ueen bee she knows how to get what she wants And watch out for her greasy son HoraceColonel Waters He has never eally been a colonel but he is certainly henpeckedMrs Fennell Very old and not uite ight in the head she lives in a small cottage on the grounds where she keeps a dozen cats and tends to her luxuriant flower garden How do the cats euate into the lushness of her gardensand of course the Ghost of Sir Rodney the first owner of Crane s Court and seen only by Mrs Fennell Just to name a few and Professor Daly and Inspector Mike Kenny The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity re appear in the. Ld ladies' liberties commented Maurice Richardson in The Observer of this 1953 nove.