The Lake District Murder

The Lake District Murder When a body is found at an isolated garage Inspector Meredith is drawn into a complex investigation where every clue leads to another puzzle Was this a suicide or something sinister Why was the dead

  • Title: The Lake District Murder
  • Author: John Bude
  • ISBN: 9780712357166
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • When a body is found at an isolated garage, Inspector Meredith is drawn into a complex investigation where every clue leads to another puzzle Was this a suicide, or something sinister Why was the dead man planning to flee the country And how is this connected to the shady business dealings of the garage This classic mystery is set amongst the stunning scenery of aWhen a body is found at an isolated garage, Inspector Meredith is drawn into a complex investigation where every clue leads to another puzzle Was this a suicide, or something sinister Why was the dead man planning to flee the country And how is this connected to the shady business dealings of the garage This classic mystery is set amongst the stunning scenery of a small village in the Lake District It is now republished for the first time since the 1930s with an introduction by the award winning crime writer Martin Edwards.

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    1. John Bude

      John Bude was a pseudonym used by Ernest Carpenter El who was a British born writer As well as writing he also worked as a stage producer and director And during the Second World War he ran his local Home Guard unit as he had been deemed unfit to serve in the forces.He lived in Loose, Kent, and later near Rye, East Sussex, and enjoyed golf and painting but never learned to drive although that did not stop him apparently offering advice to his wife when she was driving He wrote some 30 crime fiction novels, many featuring his two main series character Superintendent Meredith and Inspector Sherwood He began with The Cornish Coast Murder in 1935 and his final two crime novels, A Twist of the Rope and The Night the Fog Came Down were published posthumously in 1958.He was a founder member of the Norfolk based Crime Writers Association CWA in 1953 and was a co organiser of the Crime Book Exhibition that was one of the CWA s early publicity initiatives He was a popular and hard working member of the CWA s committee from its inception through to May 1957.Under his own name he also wrote a number of fantasy novels, the most well known of which is The Lumpton Gobbelings 1954 In addition he wrote a children s book, The Snuffly Snorty Dog 1946 Born in 1901, he was admitted to hospital in Hastings on 6 November 1957, having just delivered his final manuscript to his publisher, for a routine operation but he died two days later.Fellow British crime writer Martin Edwards comments, Bude writes both readably and entertainingly His work may not have been stunning enough to belong with the greats, but there is a smoothness and accomplishment about even his first mystery, The Cornish Coast Murder , which you don t find in many d but mysteries.


    1. I have to say that I was slightly disappointed in The Lake district Murder by John Bude in more ways than one.It started out well, but soon became bogged down in repetitious detail of police procedure and the methods taken to work out how the criminals were doing what it was they were doing.I was also somewhat disappointed that little was made of the scenery in this area, especially as some mention of the location was made in the introduction to the book, regarding the setting being one of the a [...]

    2. I simply adore Golden Age British cozies: Dame Agatha Christie, of course; Gladys Mitchell’s Mrs. Bradley; Dorothy L. Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey; Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver; Anthony Berkeley’s Roger Sheringham; Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion; Josephine Tey’s Alan Grant; Ngaio Marsh’s Roderick Allen.Now I can add John Bude’s Inspector William Meredith to the list.I’m ashamed to say that I had never heard of Bude nor his dogged, insightful creation, but Inspector Meredit [...]

    3. Well it started well but felt so long and tedious by two thirds in that completing felt like torment! Over long, repetitive when little is actually revealed and an overly detailed police procedural. Sorry to say this as I do like my old crime classics and can normally forgive them the quirks that have changed over time.

    4. A nice bit of escapism by a Golden Age of British Detective writer now republished after 80 years .I bought it on the strength of the cover a 1930's Lake District travel poster and the fact that it was in Waterstones on a table marked " Dignified Detection " along with Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie . It also had a map inside . I am not sure what undignified detection is but I suppose it includes hard drinking divorced cops , gritty urban settings , sexual abuse ie : Ian Rankin After the dis [...]

    5. This is gentle read that seems very tame in comparison with today's crime novels with its violence and truly nefarious deeds. But I read it for the setting - but time and place. It was an enjoyable read for that very reason. It was also a refreshing change to have next to nothing on the detective's personal life. He had a wife who is barely mentioned more than 3 or 4 times. But at least he didn't have the marriage problems that so many men in today's crime novels have- Jackson Brodie, Rebus, Wal [...]

    6. Moving in a slow, heavy lumber, the pace of this book is weighed down by masses of detail which hold back any sense of anticipation or excitement as Inspector Meredith labours his way to the end.It's really 1.5. No more Lake District murders for me.

    7. 3.5 stars for this very engaging British mystery from the 1930s.Inspector Meredith is a delight. Very methodical, thoughtful. The reader gets to follow along as he works his way through two related crimes. The first is the murder of a young garage/gas station owner. The second is possible fraud by the oil company that supplies a number of Lake District locations. Young Clayton's death is first considered to be suicide, but Inspector. Meredith notices a few things that point against that verdict. [...]

    8. This was a lovely book. Best way to describe is "very twee". Written in the 1930s I loved the language and the genteel nature, when the Superintendent says "by Jove opt think you are right" how can you resist? If you want gore and nail biting crime this is not the book for you, but sometimes it is good to read a book that is calming and enjoyable. Read for Pop Sugar Challenge - author with a pseudonym.

    9. A young man is found dead at the garage where he works, in a rural village in the Lake District. Inspector Meredith investigates the apparent suicide, and uncovers a number of facts that don't seem to add up. Methodically he begins to follow up every piece of evidence and every statement in order to reveal the truth.This classic mystery novel is not full of dramatic revelations or shocking twists. It is more a revelation of how painstaking and professional police work can identify a killer. Ther [...]

    10. The Lake District Murder is a classic procedural mystery from Golden Age mystery writer John Bude. A gas station owner is found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning, an apparent suicide. However, keen-eyed Inspector Meredith notes a few odd discrepancies, enough to request an autopsy that reveals the man was drugged and the suicide was a ruse to cover up a murder.The investigation reveals no obvious motive and the only person who would make a good suspect has a solid alibi. However, the dead man [...]

    11. This review can also be found on my blogThis book comes with a new introduction that proudly proclaims “This book may be a product of the Golden Age of detective fiction, but it is a world away from the unreality of bodies in the library and cunningly contrived killings in trans-continental trains.” And it’s true. Meredith is no Poirot who invites all the suspects in one room at the end and lays open the sins of every single one before explaining who really committed the murder. Neither is [...]

    12. Inspector Meredith is presented with what appears to be a suicide but which he very quickly realises is actually a murder disguised as a suicide. A partner in a garage and petrol station is found dead in his car. There is no apparent motive for the suicide and when it is identified as murder none of the obvious suspects have motives or opportunities to carry out the crime.By painstakingly piecing together tiny scraps of evidence Meredith and his colleagues manage to work out how the crime was co [...]

    13. I bought this book on Kindle as I had enjoyed the Cornish Coast Murder, but this had a completely different feel. I thought I would never get to the end, it felt as long as a real life investigation would feel. Technically it was a good plot, so others would enjoy it, but I felt little involvement with the characters, good or bad.However, I think this is a novel crying out to be made for television. The Inspector with motor bike and side car, the vintage vehicles on the winding roads of the Lake [...]

    14. This is a brown paper parcel of a book. Matter-of-fact, bland of surface, plodding in execution - not unlike Inspector Meredith - and it gets the job done in a satisfactory manner. I can in no way explain why I found it soothing rather than sleep-inducing but there it is. A mid-30s paean to solid, cooperative police work and there's even a zipper, if you're patient enough to wait for it. Oh, the wonders of the modern age!

    15. An enjoyable period mystery. This one follows the murder of a garage owner -- specifically, how a local policeman investigates a crime. Not a typical golden age mystery. There isn't a country house in the story and the characters are anything but upper class. Thoroughly enjoyable, procedural mystery.

    16. Heavy going. The hero is police thoroughness, rather than any individual. A kind of CSI of its day. And the author leaves out nothing of the meticulous police investigation. About two-thirds of the way through, the following line appears: "He realised, with a pang of hopelessness, that he still had a long way to go." The reader is apt to empathise.

    17. I am afraid I found this a little bit ponderous, too much detail delivered too slowly and repeated too often. Also highly detailed guesswork on the part of the police which turns out to be completely correct, stretches credibility to breaking point. Better editing could have corrected this.

    18. Interesting period piece - but a bit long winded. Had to really push myself to finish it. Sometimes, not always, there are reasons why books go out of print

    19. The first of the Inspector Meredith series, ‘The Lake District Murder”, lays out the pattern of this genre of murder mysteries. These are rather unusual “Who dun it’s”. The Detective and of course, the reader, is usually aware of the identity of the murderer quite early in the book. The plot develops as the Detective works out the motive behind the crime and the modus operandi, and eventually collects enough evidence to convict the guilty party/parties. Meredith is no Sherlock Holmes; [...]

    20. What a treat! My favourite part of the world, colliding with my favourite genre - what is not to like?Purchased on a whim, this novel was devoured in just two sittings on a family camping trip toThe Lake District! As my first introduction to the eminently likeable Inspector Meredith, this novel does not disappoint: great character development, and a plot that offers twists, turns and backtracking that would do many a lake district route proud; I was hooked. My first John Bude, but definitely not [...]

    21. Holiday reading. A "prove-they-dunnit" rather than a who-dunnit. The fun is in watching the bits fall into place, the culprits are known from very early on.

    22. So i bought this book for the sole reason that i was going on holiday to the Lake District and thought it would be interesting to read a book set in the area that i was staying in. And all in all i'm glad i did. The Lake District murder is pretty much exactly what the title suggests; someone is murdered in the Lake District. The story therefore follows inspector Merediths 's investigations into the crime leading to the inevitable solving of the case. Having been written in the 1930s this book wa [...]

    23. To preface this review, I would like to highlight that crime and mystery are my least read genres. I enjoy them and do pick one up every now and again, but it is not my niche by a long shot. Because of that, my experience of this book is probably very different from many others who are familiar with the genre.You probably know already that I was born and raised near the Lake District, so my boyfriend got this for me for Christmas on the notion that I might recognise the locations. And I certainl [...]

    24. In 'The Lake District Murder' John Bude presents us with an intriguing mystery with a lovely topographical setting so that if the police procedures that take up much of the book do get a little tedious there is always the local scenery to focus on! I mention the police procedures because it is very much a police procedural novel; Inspector Meredith, the main character, and a likeable and believable one at that, employs an inordinate amount of officers all over the Lake District, all working on s [...]

    25. I enjoyed this, even though the details of the fraudulent activity were perhaps a little too detailed. Nice sense of place, and of course atmosphere of the 1930s, which is when it was originally written. There is a map of the Lake District, and by some strange quirk, the place mentioned in the book I finished most recently (about the houses Margaret Forster lived in) is shown on it (she and her husband changed the name of their house, which annoyed the locals as it was a name with history, and a [...]

    26. I have described another in the British Library crime series as being 'quaint'. This on is 'quainter' (if such a word exists, both in its writing - where, in today's crime fiction, would you find a police officer involved in a crime described as going home and 'after a domestic discussion with his wife' going to bed. More likely today he would have gone home, probably drunk, and unliklely to find a wife there as she had long left him. Or, if the officer were female, she would likely be the 'wife [...]

    27. The Lake District Murder is set in a region away from the tourist areas of the Lake District, along the coastal area of Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. On a March evening a farmer having run out of petrol further down the road, walks along to a remote garage on the road between Portinscale and Braithwaite. Here he makes a shocking discovery. One of the garage owners, Clayton, is sat in his car, a hose pipe attached to the exhaust, with the other end secured underneath a mackintosh wrapped a [...]

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