Monday, March 13, 2017

Tenant For Death (1937) by Cyril Hare

I am back for another installment of Crimes of the Century hosted by Rich over at Pastoffences. Each month Rich round-ups all of book and film reviews relating to a particular year in crime fiction, written by us bloggers. This month we are in 1937. A year which I know nothing about.

Tenant For Death
by Cyril Hare

An Inspector Mallett Mystery

Two young estate agent's clerks are sent to check an inventory on a house. Daylesford Gardens, South Kensington, is an unlikely address for the discovery of death by strangulation. Even more unusual is that the house does not belong to the deceased financier. In the meantime, the mysterious tenant, Colin James, has disappeared. Inspector Mallett of Scotland Yard is brought in to unravel a complicated trail. Mallett gets to work very soon, linking the murder with the release from prison of an ex-banker, who'd been connected with a notorious fraud case.

About the Author
Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark (1900-1958) was an English judge and crime writer who wrote under the pseudonym Cyril Hare. Gordon Clark's pseudonym was a mixture of Hare Court, where he worked, and Cyril Mansions, where he lived after marrying. Tenant For Death was his first novel in 1937. 

Bonus Cover 

Printing History

Faber & Faber, UK 1937 and 2008
Dodd Mead, US 1937
Dover Publications 1981 
Harper & Row 1982
Kindle Edition 2016

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