DEVIL AT WESTEASE by V. Sackville-West


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If this did not bear the name of Sackville-West, it would be classed as a better-written-than-average mystery romance. Double show it in that department- and give it a rental library mystery fan de luxe play... The story is told by a young and apparently rich author, recently of the RAF, who seeks a place of retirement in a remote and charming village. He learns, through a garrulous landlord, a good deal of his neighbore to be; he purchases an enchanting old mill and adjoining farm; he meets the benevolent professor whose interest in old coins leads him to give our author one as a memento; he acquires great distaste for a cynical and crotchety artist, whose brilliance he acknowledges; and he falls in love with the saintly rector's daughter. And then the rector is married, the daughter, is suspect, the professor disappears- and the denouement provides an original twist, and a surprise decision, which the author saves (thereby hurting her story) with an artificial anticlimax. But while she is telling her tale, she provides good reading, good atmosphere.

Pub Date: May 8th, 1947
Publisher: Doubleday