The Rasp

The Rasp A victim is bludgeoned to death with a woodworker s rasp in this first case for the famed gentleman detective Anthony Gethryn the latest in a new series of classic detective novels from the vaults of

  • Title: The Rasp
  • Author: Philip MacDonald
  • ISBN: 9780008148119
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A victim is bludgeoned to death with a woodworker s rasp in this first case for the famed gentleman detective Anthony Gethryn the latest in a new series of classic detective novels from the vaults of HarperCollins.Ex Secret Service agent Anthony Gethryn is killing time working for a newspaper when he is sent to cover the murder of Cabinet minister John Hoode, bludgeonedA victim is bludgeoned to death with a woodworker s rasp in this first case for the famed gentleman detective Anthony Gethryn the latest in a new series of classic detective novels from the vaults of HarperCollins.Ex Secret Service agent Anthony Gethryn is killing time working for a newspaper when he is sent to cover the murder of Cabinet minister John Hoode, bludgeoned to death in his country home with a wood rasp Gethryn is convinced that the prime suspect, Hoode s secretary Alan Deacon, is innocent, but to prove it he must convince the police that not everyone else has a cast iron alibi for the time of the murder.This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by crime fiction expert and writer Tony Medawar, who investigates the forgotten career of one of the Golden Age s finest detective story writers.

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    1. Philip MacDonald was a British "Golden Age" mystery writer best known for The List of Adrian Messenger, which was made into a movie. I read a number of his books as a teenager and liked them a lot; recently I discovered this one, which I had somehow missed. While it failed to enthrall me as much as those I read years ago, it's worth reading for all the reasons we love classic British mystery: the evocation of a highly civilized society where only cads and bounders get murdered, the intricate log [...]

    2. Published in 1924, The Rasp seems typical of the period. There are stereotypes of women and Jews which are offensive today, and made the reading harder. Agatha Christie used the same stereotypes in her early mysteries, and didn't change them until after World War II when the Holocaust became public knowledge. Colonel Gethryn reminds me of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey, the gentleman detective, in his speech and manner, another stereotype. MacDonald doesn't really play fair as Christie and Sa [...]

    3. Originally published in 1924, I think. Nicely old-fashioned, detective a sort of Fen or Whimsey prototype, but overall hokey.

    4. There are hundreds, thousands detective novels published every year, sometimes it is good going back a hundred years and read some of the work of our “forebears”. Same issues as now, but now with a historical novel feel. Seems like some snowflakes can’t handle the mores of the times, but they can’t read Huckleberry Finn either. Philip MacDonald introduces Colonel Anthony Gethryn solving difficult cases as a freelancer for Scotland Yard. He mellows out a bit by The List of Adrian Messange [...]

    5. An old-fashioned mystery from 1925. A Cabinet Minister is found murdered in his study with a wood rasp. Was it an intruder? An insider? The police, baffled, calls in Anthony Gethryn. This young man has all the characteristics we like to see in a Golden Age mystery : well-educated, rich, a little flippant, but with a capacity for making lasting friendships. It is also hinted that he served his country in unusual secret capacities during the Great War, but no detail is given. And as one one would [...]

    6. Anthony Gethryn investigates the murder of a respected member of Parliament.A strange one this. The detective is not an uninteresting guy but all his deductions are kept back from the reader, you can't really play armchair detective. Also Macdonald reels off a whole list of potential murderers but we meet very few of them. This unfortunately makes it too easy to work out who the killer is. The book feels slightly claustrophobic and narrowly focused, there's not much sense of time and place. Stil [...]

    7. Anthony Gethryn helps finance his friend's magazine, and is asked to cover the murder of a cabinet minister in the study of his country house, helping the police if he can. Gethryn doesn't take the assignment too seriously until he meets a neighbor, beautiful widow Lucia Lemesurier. Then, to protect Lucia's family, and to clear an innocent man who is the obvious murderer, Gethryn untangles a complex plan for murder. About the only thing I don't like about this is the title, which makes the book [...]

    8. Read this years ago and it scared the stuffing out of me. Guess that is why it keeps haunting me. So here I am in 2014 noting that I read it about 35 years ago. Probably, since it so memorable, I should give it 4 stars.

    9. A very pleasant surprise of a story. Nicely-paced and, though definitely of its time, not especially dated.

    10. A good who-done-it in the English style of the 1930's. Not as good or well known as his "List of Adrian Messenger."

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