fiction crime mystery mysterious fast-paced

224 pages | first published 1929


Murder turns a weekend house party at Black Dudley Manor into a deadly affair when the host is discovered brutally slain. Nor do gruesome rituals, callous interrogations, and perilous traps add to the fun. Fatal mystification might win the day, if...
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mysterious 87%
adventurous 50%
lighthearted 50%
tense 50%
dark 37%
funny 25%


medium 62%
fast 37%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 83% | A mix: 16%

Strong character development?

No: 85% | It's complicated: 14%

Loveable characters?

No: 42% | It's complicated: 28% | Yes: 28%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 50% | Yes: 33% | It's complicated: 16%

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