Anthony Rolls Double Feature

Many thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for granting me advance readers copies of these books in exchange for honest reviews.

I was looking at my NetGalley to read list and realised that I have 6 of British Library Crime Classics to read and review so set out on another BLCC marathon. Part one sees two books by Anthony Rolls - Family Matters and Scarweather.

Family Matters

This book follows the life of Robert Arthur Kewdingham, an eccentric collector and seemingly unpleasant man. His relationships with the people around him is often stretched to near breaking point and it is only a matter of time before someone decides he has to die. Unfortunately for Robert, many people seem to want him dead which leads to a very strange series of events.

To a certain extent, I enjoyed this book, with the satire that seems to run through Rolls' writing, but it wasn't the most engaging book.I put this down to the writing style, which is fine but not what I expected from the golden age. It's not a fault really, but it doesn't stand out as anything spectacular. However, the humour and the situations that arise are good and it is worth a read for that.

Star rating: 3/5



Scarweather is very different to Family Matters. It tells the story from the point of view of John Farringdale. After his friend Eric goes missing, John, with his friend Ellingham try to find out what happened to him. Ellingham takes the lead in this and Farringdale is his disbelieving sidekick, kind of like Sherlock Holmes and Watson. But is Eric's disappearance the only strange happening at Scarweather?

Yes it still has the satirical humour, but at the same time it is too predictable and seemed very familiar, almost as if I had read another version of the same story. In the modern age, that is perfectly possible of course. On the positive, the plot is again great, and the satirical side is very clear. One moment especially made me laugh out loud, when they are talking about a possible war with Germany and one character says that would be mad...the year that part of the book was set in was 1914...and again as it was published in 1934 originally.

Star rating: 3/5


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