The Noose

The Noose This Detective Story Club classic includes an introduction by H R F Keating which first appeared in the Crime Club s Disappearing Detectives series Colonel Anthony Gethryn is recalled from a hol

  • Title: The Noose
  • Author: Philip MacDonald H.R.F. Keating
  • ISBN: 9780008166915
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This Detective Story Club classic includes an introduction by H R F Keating, which first appeared in the Crime Club s 1985 Disappearing Detectives series.Colonel Anthony Gethryn is recalled from a holiday in Spain to solve a murder in the November fogs of London He finds that his wife is sheltering Mrs Bronson, whose husband is in prison awaiting execution for the muThis Detective Story Club classic includes an introduction by H R F Keating, which first appeared in the Crime Club s 1985 Disappearing Detectives series.Colonel Anthony Gethryn is recalled from a holiday in Spain to solve a murder in the November fogs of London He finds that his wife is sheltering Mrs Bronson, whose husband is in prison awaiting execution for the murder of a gamekeeper six months before A petition for reprieve has been rejected and Bronson will shortly hang for someone else s crime Convinced by Mrs Bronson of her husband s innocence, Gethryn embarks on a seemingly hopeless race against time to overthrow the guilty verdict and find the real murderer and he has only ten days before Bronson s date with the hangman s noose.The Noose saw the return of Philip MacDonald s gentleman detective Anthony Ruthven Gethryn, whose debut in The Rasp six years earlier had been a big success Judged to be his best book yet, The Noose had the distinction of being chosen as the first book to be published in Collins Crime Club in May 1930, helping to immortalise it as one of the seminal books of the crime genre.

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    1. Okay, I found this overall an interesting read, and I was really impressed with the ending and the surprise of who the murderer was which I definitely didn't guess. However, a lot of the book seemed to drag for me and I found it was mostly filler recapping the same points. I was rather disappointed as this was one of my first Detective Club offerings, but I should think I will try and pick up some others, just maybe no more by Philip MacDonald.

    2. I found this decidedly inferior to Warrant for X and even to Murder Gone Mad. Bogged down by irrelevant details and devoid of the suspense I have looked forward to in Colonel Gethryn's chase for the villain. Just a classic run-of-the-mill mystery.

    3. Two women believe in Bronson's innocence--but he is going to be hanged for murder in five days. Anthony Gethryn is convinced by the women (one of whom is his wife) and enlists a few friends to give his investigation a fighting chance. But the only way to save Bronson is to find the real murderer and proof of his guilt. The copy of the book I have indicates a last chapter beginning on page 309, but the book ends, with a confession by a surprising culprit, on page 308. Perhaps there was a page or [...]

    4. A good story, though strangely old-fashioned. There are a couple of hurdles to negotiate before you get into the worth of the story: too much of the first chapter's devoted to establishing the greatness of the great detective, which soon becomes frankly tiresome; and the writing style of the second chapter reads like it's a translation from the French, which is most odd. There are occasional re-eruptions later on in the book but these are easily navigable.

    5. It is no secret that detective novels are designed to mislead the reader by withholding information, but The Noose never feels like it gives you a fair chance.

    6. This felt too conversational to be a satisfying crime mystery. I did not engage with the characters or the plot.

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