Mystery in White : A Christmas Crime Story Paperback
Part of the British Library Crime Classics series
'The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house.' On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby.
Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea - but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
- Publication Date: 01/11/2014
- Category: Classic crime
- ISBN: 9780712357708
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Review by Meredy
Review by reading_fox
Entertaining enough but nothing special. A Poirot style feel to it, but set in the English countryside - unspecified - between the wars, as social change was just spreading through the nation. A train becomes snowbound and one carriage full of passengers elect to depart (de-train) to a nearby station in hope of making their important connections there. But the snow is so deep (unprecedentedly so in the UK) that they get lost and end up at a house - open and welcoming with fires burning and tea laid out waiting, but no occupants. The Snow gets so deep that it's obvious no-body could be travelling, and so they make the best they can of their situation. Between the young things and a portentous Old man they begin to discover some of the secrets.Enjoyable at Christmas time especially to fans of the Christie style of writing. The characters are all a bt one dimensional but the interactions work well, and the basic plot is intriguing and well set up. Ideal for a lazy evening by the fire.
Review by infjsarah
Entertaining enough if a bit odd in places. A pleasant way to spend a few hours if you like old fashioned crime stories but probably instantly forgettable.
Review by DeltaQueen50
I enjoyed my read of Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon. Set over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, this story, originally published in 1937, is about a small group of travellers whose Christmas plans get badly interrupted when their train gets stuck in the snow. Hoping to cut across the country to a small railroad station and get a different train, they set out only to find the blizzard-like conditions are impossible to deal with. Finding a house where they can shelter in, seemed like a miracle.They enter a large country house, with fires set, kettles on the boil and the table set for tea, yet no one is home. This is just the first disturbing thing about this house. With a creepy atmosphere and strange things happening, there are chills and tension aplenty leaving the reader wondering whether there is a live murderer (or more) wandering around or if this could be something supernatural. Unfortunately, the book couldn’t sustain it’s excellent plotting and the last third of the book was over-done, dated and melodramatic. I was quite disappointed as I really liked the book up to that point.I suspect it is the last third of the book that has kept it out of the public eye for the last 75 or so years. Nevertheless, I am glad to have had a chance to read J. Jefferson Farjeon and if the opportunity arises again, I would certainly like to sample more of his work.