Miles Burton – Death in the Tunnel (1936)

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Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Train
Date Finished: October 15, 2017

A man riding home in the first-class compartment of a train is found shot to death in a locked compartment shortly after the train had slowed down mysteriously in a long tunnel. The engineer claims a red light was present in the tunnel, but this seems impossible. Inspector Arnold and his friend Desmond Merrion investigate whether or not the death was suicide, or if there really could have been a murder in the tunnel.

Miles Burton, aka John Rhode, is considered to be a part of the humdrum school of mystery writers, though this does not necessarily have to be considered a negative. There is very little emotion here, and very little examination of human motive or desire. This is truly a fair-play logic puzzle that the reader walks through with Arnold and Merrion. The entire focus is on how the murder was committed, rather than why. In a lesser writer this may get tedious, but here it is well done and a welcome change of pace from thrillers. No suspense here.

Vintage Golden Scavenger 2017-10-15

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