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Murder of a Lady: A Scottish Mystery    by Anthony Wynne order for
Murder of a Lady
by Anthony Wynne
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Poisoned Pen, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Murder of a Lady by English author Anthony Wynne presents readers with the classic locked-room mystery. It is done well. Wynne was writing during what has been called the Golden Age of Crime Writing, the 1930s. These British Library Crime Classics are being reissued by Poisoned Pen Press.

During festivities at her brother's country house, Mary Gregor, sister of the laird of Duchlan, has been stabbed to death in her bedroom but the door is locked from the inside and the windows are barred. Inside the wound that killed her is found a silver fish scale!

Mary was reputed to be a kind and charitable woman. But when everyone in the house is questioned, it seems that Mary was not kind at all, but had a nasty personality. However no finger appears to point to the guilty person. The atmosphere in the country house becomes gloomier as other deaths occur each with a fish scale found in the wound.

Murder of a Lady is a very clever take on the locked-room mystery. The solution is just as clever.

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