J.F. Hutton – Dead Man Friday (1948)


Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Revolver
Date Finished: July 4, 2016

Also published as Too Good to Be True and The Dolphin Mystery.

A troubleshooter for a big business executive gets involved with a complicated mystery as a number of seemingly unrelated murders all somehow involve his boss. The Saturday Review of Literature apparently wrote, “Refreshingly different kind of sleuth, working against a colorful background and some mighty odd people…with diverting byways that don’t hurt the plot.” The sleuth is very likable and the oddity of the individuals is interesting. The only difficulty is that I read this over a number of sittings, rather than all at once, and it was a little difficult to keep a few of the characters straight. The mystery itself is revealed through a very obvious clue, so there isn’t much suspense at the final reveal. Still, a likable mystery.

I thought the revolver category would be an easy one, so saved it toward the end. It was tougher than expected, however, as most of these hardboiled paperbacks from the 1950s featured automatics, not revolvers, though I see one other participant has credited an automatic for her revolver category. Not quite the same thing.

And one to go:

Vintage Golden Scavenger 2016-07-04


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