MURDER AT THE MOVIES by A.E. Eddenden

MURDER AT THE MOVIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The year 1939 is a banner one for movies--Flying Deuces, Only Angels Have Wings, The Wizard of Oz, Gunga Din, Beau Geste, Tower of London, Gone with the Wind--but in Fort York, Ontario, where a puckish fan is restaging selected scenes from the offerings of the West End Theatre (a horse wearing a bowler hat, a condor set free from the local aviary, a house bulldozed with its elderly owner inside), Inspector Albert Tretheway (Murder on the Thirteenth, 1992, etc.) can't help seeing a sinister pattern. It'll all end in murder, of course, in one of the hoariest plot devices Ellery Queen ever beat to death, but die-hard puzzle fans may find its lavender-scented nostalgia appealing. For everybody else: a moderately ingenious trifle that could better have been a short story back in the days it was set.

Pub Date: Aug. 30th, 1996
ISBN: 0-89733-428-0
Page count: 159pp
Publisher: Academy Chicago
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1996