“He had his tea as usual; when I knocked at the door with the tray (he always had afternoon tea), I found him—like this.”
Dr Roger Lavington is dreading his debut performance with the village amateur dramatic society. But real-world drama takes over when Lavington’s neighbour, a reclusive artist, is found murdered in his own sitting room. Also found on the scene are a lady’s glove, a diamond ring, and a mysterious young woman who begs Lavington for his protection. Her safety will depend on her ability to take a role in the forthcoming village play—but is Lavington sheltering a wronged woman or a clever murderess?
The Bungalow Mystery (1923) was the first of Annie Haynes’s golden age crime novels, and announced a major talent. This new edition, the first in over eighty years, features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.
“The ingredients in this story are skilfully mixed.” Times
“Contrived and worked out with considerable craftsmanship—drawn with sympathy and power.”Sunday Times
“Contains many cunning devices.” Outlook
“The mystery is a real mystery.” Guardian
“Plenty of mystery and drama.” Queen
“This author has a sure hand at a crime story…strongly recommended to every type of novel reader.” Liverpool Courier