The first of its genre that I have read in some time, this quaint and sophisticated cosy crime novel was very much enjoyable. For all its prudent cliches and typical narrative, The Santa Klaus Murder certainly proved its worth as a timeless classic.
Set about a wealthy family living under the swathing shadow of their cruel father, The Santa Klaus Murder embarks on a murder mystery following a terrible Christmas affair. With expert handling of the hallmark inquisitive detective, and enough red-herrings to satisfy a greedy bird-watcher, Mavis D. Hay certainly set the standard for the infamous ‘who-dunnits’.
Whilst on the whole it felt as though I were reading a fictional re-imagining of Cluedo, with swarthy gentlemen, shifty butlers and pristinely sweet ladies, this novel still managed to imbue plenty of mystery to ponder over. For any looking for an innocent intrigue or simply wishing to test their Sherlockian powers of deduction, this novel will not disappoint.
Did I mention it’s a classic?
Length: 282 (British Library)
Overall Rating: 3 stars
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