“We’ve managed to head off the Press men so far. But that won’t last. We can’t escape publicity, and the reading public enjoys murders.”
Harriet Hall, living in her isolated cottage outside the village of Larnwood, might not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but why did someone feel the need to kill her on the eve of the arrival of her young niece, Amy? Why had the likeable Deene family seemingly been so in thrall to the late Harriet? The innocent in this classic murder mystery have every reason to be grateful for Inspector Collier of Scotland Yard’s involvement, given the incompetent behavior of the local Chief Constable. But as Collier’s investigation deepens, the case gets stranger still. Finally, however, the guilty are punished — though readers will have to read through to the book’s final, quietly devastating chapter to see just how.
The Strange Case of Harriet Hall was originally published in 1936. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.