Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Far SandsThe Far Sands by Andrew Garve
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A mercifully short review, for once. Andrew Garve's 1960 novel "The Far Sands" is an archetypal classic British whodunit which, while not in any way outstanding, is a nice, fast (less than three hours), and entertaining read.

Carol, a struggling actress, marries James, a man of means, who works for the Foreign Office. They are about to embark on a life of wealth and privilege when Carol's twin sister's husband is murdered and the sister drowns close to the murder scene. Carol is convinced it must have been a double murder, but the police are of a different opinion.

The puzzle is quite clever and the denouement only mildly implausible. I like the novel way of utilizing the clichéd twin motif, and I am happy that the author avoids excessive plot twists.

Three stars.

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