The Hogs Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts

Published by Poison Pen Press for British Library Crime Classics
Trade PaperbackISBN: 9781464203817       336 Pages
eBook: ISBN 9781464203824
Genre: Mystery
Copyright 1933 and 2015 Estate of Freeman Wills Crofts

My source: Netgalley


  Dr James Earle and his wife live in comfortable seclusion near the Hog’s Back, a ridge in the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey countryside. When Dr Earle disappears from his cottage, Inspector French is called in to investigate. At first he suspects a simple domestic intrigue – and begins to uncover a web of romantic entanglements beneath the couple’s peaceful rural life.
  The case soon takes a more complex turn. Other people vanish mysteriously, one of Dr Earle’s house guests among them. What is the explanation for the disappearances? If the missing people have been murdered, what can be the motive? This fiendishly complicated puzzle is one that only Inspector French can solve.
  Freeman Wills Crofts was a master of the intricately and ingeniously plotted detective novel, and The Hog’s Back Mystery shows him at the height of his powers. This new edition of a classic mystery is introduced by the crime fiction expert Martin Edwards..
A wonderful solid mystery! I love how Inspector French is so methodical, going over the points  of the case and clues in order, numerous times! His tenaciousness and need to make lists and tick off the boxes. It’s how I operate most times and I can really identify with him. Freeman Wills Crofts certainly plays fair, giving us mountains of clues and going over them numerous times and even listing the page numbers they are on towards the end when French is going over the whole case with his colleagues. Lots of solid suspects. I did figure it out,mostly, just not who the accomplish was or the completely how of it. Very satisfying read indeed!
A little bit of humor thrown in was nice touch to break up all the methodical thinking…
Asking to speak to the head engineer on a construction project, when French is introduced…
 ‘The engineer smiled when he read it. “what you want is an international conference,” he declared. “my name’s English and my assistant’s here is Welsh. Unfortunately this other gentleman is Bradbury and not Scott, as would be seemly.”  
“That’s a pity,” French returned. “We have a sergeant at the yard called German, and we get ragged. They call us ‘The Foreigners’ and pretend we can’t understand English.’
If you like Wills Crofts or any vintage mysteries you will for sure want to read this one! Thank you Poison Pen for bringing these vintage mysteries back to us here in America! The covers are gorgeous!
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One thought on “The Hogs Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts

  1. I am delighted about these British Library Crime Classics! Though I haven't read any yet, I have bought a few, and I love the way Martin Edwards is involved. Speaking of him, did you buy his new nonfiction book? I did and it is a beauty. The Golden Age of Murder.


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