"The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house."
On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.
©2014 Estate of J. Jefferson Farjeon (P)2015 Soundings
This book is part of the British Library " Crime Classics" series these books were uncovered at the library and were so good they decided to republish them They are by Authors writing in the 20s and 30s who were famous at the time but have been long forgotten and out of print .So bearing in mind that this story is set in the 20s after the 1st world war and therefore some of the language and vocabulary might seem old fashioned , the story is so clever and well written and keeps you guessing. Of course it has a snow bound train, an abandoned house and a random bunch of strangers stranded together , intrigued? well I urge you to listen to this book if you enjoy Agatha Christie or Dorothy L Sayers , I hope Audible will get more of J Jefferson Fargeon's books .
In a story where the characters are snowed into a house, you would expect the bodies to start to pile up and the number of characters go down. The reverse is true here. The number of characters actually grows through the end of the story. It is an interesting listen, especially knowing it is one of a number of forgotten British mystery classics republished by the British Library. The story is a bit mystery, a bit thriller, a bit gothic, with locked rooms, disappearing clues, and deep snow banks. I considered giving the book five stars, for how well it fits its genre, but didn't because I felt the author failed to describe the characters and their settings sufficiently at times. When our main characters leave the stalled train for a cross country hike, we don't get a description of what they were wearing, if they were dressed for a blizzard, and if the women were wearing heels and skirts, all of which would have made a difference as they struggle across fields through blinding snow. I never felt the cold, the snow, or the trudge. This lack of description occurs at other points. But the story is fun and has lots of twists and turns. It is worth a listen if you like 20s and 30s British crime novels.
I ove Agatha Christie audibles and also stories from 50's and 60's - especially in the UK
Absolutely mesmerized ftom chapter one. Had to rewind in a couple of placess when the plot got ahead of me but picked it bavk up quickky. The characters were wonderful and you lived all the goid ones and hated the bad ones. I will be listening to this again
I'm glad I got the Synch version. I started listening, but got confused by the characters on the train. Then I started reading on my Kindle. About chapter ten I went back to Audible. Patience captured my imagination with her acting the parts.
I was amazed that this mystery transcended so many decades! It didn't seem to be dated at all! Kudos!
reviewer in CA
If the narrator had stuck to one voice it would have worked better for me but her male voices were very annoying. And we all know how important narration is with an audible book. her regular voice is great.
Not the author's best work. It is an attempt at a psychological thriller similar to a locked room mystery except everyone is snowed in. At the end I really didn't care who did or why.
believer in good books
If you're one who enjoys the classic English mysteries like Agatha Christy's or Dorothy Sayers' tales, you will enjoy this. It's a well told weaving together of clues and personalities. I personally prefer "gentle" murders rather than"gritty" ones. The narrator was wonderful and carried me along most agreeably.
Story started out interestingly enough but got bogged down and became ludicrous. Sorry just did not like it. Don't understand the people that thought it was as good as "And then there were none " by Agatha Christie but in reverse. Can I have some of what you are smoking?
I suppose I'm not being totally fair because I didn't finish the book. And maybe I dozed off and missed some important points. But the facts that I couldn't finish it and dozed off tells you something. The story treads water forever. Endless conversation leading to no apparent point. Finally I decided I couldn't go on waiting for something to happen. Sorry I wasted money on this.
"Shiveringly cold ..."
You can almost feel the drop in temperature as you turn the pages. You know This is a great mystery, a wee bit creepy and well narrated. Would I listen to more by the same author? Definitely!
Very enjoyable. Keeper me guesting. Listened to this many times and still enjoy it. Get.
"Showing it's age"
More plot development and less of the interminably long passages that did not add to the story. Too wordy ! Interestingly the engine used to illustrate the cover is not a UK type - ditto the coaches.
It was quite frankly - very boring
Quite a few
This is not a crime novel - just a rambling story. I'm an avid crime story reader and this was a big disappointment
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