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Language: English. In reading it I had several splendid shudders. It is a piece of living literature, not merely an evening s entertainment. Osborn, Morning Post A bang-up ghost-murder-detective story with a background of bleak Northumberland moors, an old house full of haunts, [and] a Roman Centurion who appears. Reminiscent of Christie at the height of her powers in its brilliant use of misdirection.

Really a classic of its kind. Norris, Mystery File From the moment William Mertoun arrives to catalogue the library at Colonel Barr s old mansion on the desolate Northumbrian moors, he senses something is terribly wrong. Barr s brother Ian has just died, mysteriously and violently, and the Colonel himself is hidden away in a locked room, to which his sinister nurse denies all access.

As strange and supernatural events begin to unfold, Mertoun learns the local legend of a ghostly Roman centurion, slain on the site sixteen centuries earlier, who is said to haunt the estate.

Mertoun is sceptical at first, but after another murder, a harrowing seance, and an actual sighting of the spirit one lonely night on the moor, he realizes that he and everyone at Barr s mansion are in mortal danger. What does the ghost want, and can it be stopped? This first-ever reprinting of He Arrived at Dusk , R. Ashby s classic tale of mystery and the supernatural, features a new introduction by Mark Valentine and a reproduction of the original jacket art. Seller Inventory AAV New Book.

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However, that all I can say about this part of the book without giving anything of vital importance away. I can't tell too much about the last section, either, which is told from the perspective of a Scotland Yard detective and explains everything that had happened up to that point. This character does a fine and pleasant job in tying all of the plot-threads together and pointing out all of the foreshadowing that nodded in the direction of the eventual solution. John Norris called He Arrived at Dusk " a little masterpiece of a book " and the material used by Ashby to construct the plot were absolutely first-rate, but the book as a whole failed IMO to reach the status of masterpiece, because there are anorexic ghosts less transparent than the final explanation.

Don't get me wrong. The atmospheric and evocative writing was brilliant.

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The Northumbrian backdrop and suggestions of its haunted past stirring back to life were superbly conveyed to the reader. And some of the schemes, and counter schemes, were great. However, the identity of the murderer and the motive were pretty obvious from very early on.


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And that lessened the impact of the ending as it only confirmed what I suspected all along. Still, He Arrived at Dusk is a pleasant, shuddery read that, not entirely unsuccessful, attempted to marry the ghost yarn to the detective story, which should also appeal to my fellow aficionados of John Dickson Carr. As matter of the fact, the book can be read as an interesting companion piece to the recently reviewed He Who Whispers Just keep in mind that Ashby, as a plotter, was not in the same league as Carr, but she sure knew how to write like him.

So if you go into the book with that in mind, you'll probably walk away from it with an opinion that's probably closer to Norris' than mine. Although, I should stress here that I really enjoyed the book. My complaint is merely a plot-technical one.

Anyway, that my somewhat lukewarm report on this once extremely scarce mystery novel and probably have something equally rare for my next blog-post, but I might post something before that.