Thursday, March 24, 2016
Book Beginnings, J. Jefferson Farjeon
Here are the first few sentences from this mystery.
Chapter 1. Completion of the Number.
"Every station has its special voice. Some are of grit. Some are of sand. Some are of milk cans. Some are of rock muffled by tunnel smoke."
This sets the scene for a traveler to arrive at a railway station near a country home. A house party for 12 guests is scheduled, but an unlucky thirteenth guest arrives unexpectedly.
This is the first book I have read by Farjeon, and he has many admirers. He wrote about 60 novels so there is a lot more reading ahead for me. "Thirteen Guests" is a British Library Crime Classics book, reissued in 2015 in this series, and originally published in 1936. Alfred Hitchcock made one of Farjeon's books into a movie.
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