Books by John Bude

DEATH MAKES A PROPHET by John Bude
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Once Bude's franchise hero arrives, the elaborately facetious but essentially toothless satire of the first half gives way to the head-scratching complications of the second. Pick your poison: although neither kind of pleasure is sustained all the way through, they're both amply in evidence."
Bude, the pen name of Ernest Carpenter Elmore (1901-57), juices this 1947 cozy by spending more than half the story setting the stage for a double murder whose victims are both active in a fantastical cult that's taken root in the English village of Welworth. Read full book review >
THE LAKE DISTRICT MURDER by John Bude
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Period reticence apart, the most notable impression this old-school procedural leaves is how remarkably little the formula has changed over the years."
Poisoned Pen follows its recent publication of Bude's first novel (The Cornish Coast Murder) by reprinting his second, which was first published, like its predecessor, in 1935 and marks the debut of his doughty series detective, Inspector Meredith. Read full book review >
THE CORNISH COAST MURDER  by John Bude
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A golden-age mystery reminiscent of Freeman Wills Crofts and Ronald Knox that's guaranteed to keep you guessing and second-guessing, though the final payoff falls well short of the buildup."
The British Library Crime Classics' latest blast from the past—this time more of a light squall—is this decorous, conscientiously plotted 1935 whodunit by pseudonymous Ernest Carpenter Elmore (1901-1957). Read full book review >