SOME RUN CROOKED by John Buxton Hilton

SOME RUN CROOKED

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

This superior example of truly unraveling detection is set in the Derbyshire village of Peak Low in 1958--when stranger Julie Wimpole is found dead in the rocky Drydale valley--but Julie's murder is a replica of two others in the same spot, one in 1940, one in the 18th century. And non-plodding Inspector Kenworthy, with his green but quick Watson, Sergeant ""Shiner"" Wright, discovers that Julie knew about the earlier murders, even seemed obsessed with them in a delicate way. Could she have had some role in the 1940 killing--when she was only 147 Did she come to Peak Low to be killed?--lured by what force? Worry not: there's nothing even vaguely supernatural going on here to interfere with a model of leisurely but taut narration, a splendid sense of physical locale and locally colored psychology, and a thoroughly and hideously believable unearthing of old secrets and ancient graves. The historically-minded (Dead Nettle, 1977) Mr. Buxton's strongest showing yet.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1978
Publisher: St. Martin's