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Murder Underground

Murder Underground If you were suddenly to be found murdered would your friends have theories about who had done the deed Well when the wealthy and unpleasant Miss Pongleton meets her end on the stairs of Belsize Park

  • Title: Murder Underground
  • Author: Mavis Doriel Hay Stephen Booth
  • ISBN: 9780712357258
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • If you were suddenly to be found murdered, would your friends have theories about who had done the deed Well, when the wealthy and unpleasant Miss Pongleton meets her end on the stairs of Belsize Park underground station in Murder Underground , her housemates though not particularly grieved have plenty of guesses at the identity of her killer While they re merely airIf you were suddenly to be found murdered, would your friends have theories about who had done the deed Well, when the wealthy and unpleasant Miss Pongleton meets her end on the stairs of Belsize Park underground station in Murder Underground , her housemates though not particularly grieved have plenty of guesses at the identity of her killer While they re merely airing theories, events arise that unexpectedly enable several of them, including Tuppy the terrier, to put them to the test.This novel from the golden age of British crime fiction is sure to puzzle and charm fans of Dorothy L Sayers, Agatha Christie, and Josephine Tey.

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      Mavis Doriel Hay 1894 1979 , who in early life lived in north London, was a novelist, who fleetingly lit up the golden age of British crime fiction She attended St Hilda s, Oxford, around about the same time as Dorothy L Sayers was at Somerville She published only three detective novels, Murder Underground 1934 , Death on the Cherwell 1935 and The Santa Klaus Murder 1936 All three titles were well received on publication.She was also an expert on rural handicraft and wrote several books on the subject including Rural Industries of England and Wales with co author Helen Elizabeth Fitzrandolph In 1929, she married her co author s brother Archibald Menzies Fitzrandolph, a member of a wealthy and influential family of loyalist Canadians.Archibald joined the RAF but was killed in a flying accident in 1943, one of a number of tragedies that struck Mavis One of her brothers was killed aged 19 when his ship was sunk during the Battle of Jutland in 1916, her youngest sibling was killed when his Tiger Moth crashed in a Malayan jungle in 1939 and in 1940 a third brother lost his life working on the notorious Thailand Burma railway after being captured by the Japanese.When she set aside her mystery novels, Mavis took up a role as a researcher for the Rural Industries Bureau, which was established to encourage craft industries in deprived areas.She was said to be so well connected that she was able to arrange exhibitions in the homes of the aristocracy, connections to which had probably come about from one of Archibald s cousins marrying Sir John Dashwood and the fact that the cousin then became a lady in waiting at the court of King George V.Her final book, Quilting was published in 1972, just seven years before her death, which occurred in the village of Box in Gloucestershire.Gerry WolstenholmeJuly 2015

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    1. Like John Bude, J. Jefferson Farjeon, and Patricia Wentworth, Mavis Doriel Hay has undeservedly faded into obscurity since her heyday in the Golden Age of detective fiction. A contemporary of Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Josephine Tey, and Dame Agatha Christie, Hay’s novel Murder Underground was praised by no less than Sayers herself, who went on to call one of the novel’s characters and main suspect — the irresponsible, prevaricating dilettante writer Basil Pongleton — “one o [...]


    2. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by British Library Crime Classics and downloaded via NetGalley.When Miss Pongleton is found murdered on the stairs of Belsize Park station, her fellow-boarders in the Frampton Hotel are not overwhelmed with grief at the death of a tiresome old woman. But they all have their theories about the identity of the murderer, and help to unravel the mystery of who killed the wealthy ‘Pongle’. Several of her fellow residents – ev [...]


    3. Elderly Miss Pongleton is strangled with her own dog’s leash on the stairs of Belsize Park tube stationd her fellow residents of the Frampton Private Hotel are abuzz with speculation. So it begins.I quite like the claustrophobic, class-conscious, petty bourgeois world of novels set in prewar boarding houses – The Slaves of Solitude being a prime example. But unfortunately Mavis Doriel Hay is no Patrick Hamilton, though it has to be said that the best parts of the novel are her descriptions o [...]


    4. The police investigations are almost completely sidelined in this story, as residents and friends of residents of a boarding house try to escape suspicion and solve the murder of a fellow resident.Frankly, I think all the young women in this story would do well by ditching their respective young men, who caused them a great deal of stress and bother for not much reason at all.


    5. Quite a good murder mystery novel, but not as complicated or challenging to unravel as someone like Agatha Christieoksmjb/2016/09


    6. The very barebones of plot can be found atmy reading journal ; as always, feel free to click or just keep reading here. Considering how very much I love these old books and British murder mysteries in general, overall this one was, like the dead woman, Miss Euphemia Pongleton, a bit tiresome. What I enjoyed about it was the focus on the boarders who shared a house with the dead woman, who have their own theories on what happened. The best scene takes place at the beginning of the story, when all [...]


    7. I’m not that interested in cosy crime; I prefer the seedy underbelly, the pyrrhic victory, the man or woman destroyed by his or her search for truth. But this re-issue from the publishing arm of the British Library isn’t set in a country house or a Somerset village, but in shabby hotel in Hampstead (this is 1934, NW1 is still bohemian rather than Billionaire’s Alley), featuring a host of Evelyn Waugh-esque characters: the snobbish proprietor, the sensible/ditzy young office workers, the ca [...]


    8. This is a classic British who done it; written by an author who wrote only a few mysteries. When one of the lodgers at Frampton house is discovered murdered in a tube station almost everyone is a suspect. Due to the victim's irascibility she could have unlimited enemies. This is fun, compelling mystery and several of the characters share names with rolls on the 1970s British TV show Are You Being Served including Slocumb and Grange(r).


    9. A cross between a Christie and a Sayers, this is a republished novel by the lesser known Mavis Doriel Hay. Based on the murder of a dottie old bird at Belsize Park on the Northern Line, it's a fairly traditional who dunnit. I guessed relatively early on who the culprit was. Enjoyable, but for me wasn't quite up to Miss Marple standards.


    10. Having read and enjoyed some of the other British Crime library offerings 'The lake district Murder' I've been picking off the rest largely as part of kindle unlimited. I had high hopes for this as Dorothy L Sayers rated it highly apparently - I have no idea why - maybe it was in her religious phase and she was hoping it would turn people away from crime fiction and back to the bible!It's dreadful; slow, turgid, containg cardboard characters with ridiculous names. These are snobbish, class bound [...]



    11. I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press. This is a British Library Crime Classics novel.If someone asked me whether or not they should read this book, I would say that it would be enjoyed more as an example of the early style of crime detection novels. If you like that old style of writing and crime solving, yes, absolutely you should read this book. I love to find and read these reprints of practically lost novels because it shows the bones and skeletons which [...]


    12. Somewhere between GR's [2]=It was ok to GR's [3]=I liked it.I liked that it was unconventional. The amateur sleuths at a boarding house piece together the solution while at the same time inadvertently obstructing the investigation to the point where the Police Inspector Caird (who is off-screen for most of the book) suspects that a multi-person conspiracy must be involved in the crime. On the other hand, the digressions are pretty frustrating and didn't make this a very compelling read.I also ju [...]


    13. This was an extremely entertaining read, much the best of the British Library Crime Classics that I have read so far, and better than the other Mavis Doriel Hay book I read, Death on the Cherwell, although this was her first crime novel. Perhaps she spent more time on it because it was her first. Certainly the writing comes across as extremely assured, and the reader feels that the author knows where she is going with her complicated plot, has her large cast of characters under control, and in p [...]


    14. An elderly spinster, Miss Pongleton, is found dead on the stairs at Belsize Park Underground station on her way to a dental appointment. She lives at the Frampton private hotel and many of her fellow residents as well as her own nearest and dearest come under suspicion, especially her niece and nephew who both stand to benefit from her will which she changes frequently according to which one of them is in favour at that moment.This is a case where, as one of the police characters says, they coul [...]


    15. This novel of detection from the Golden Age of Crime Fiction sees Euphemia Pongleton, who despite her early demise features massively in the tale, murdered on the stairs leading down to Belsize Park underground station in London. And murdered in a rather unusual way.She was a resident of the Frampton Hotel and her fellow residents are not particularly sorry to hear of the death of someone they regarded as a wealthy, but tiresome, old woman. Not surprisingly, therefore, all of them come under sus [...]


    16. I enjoyed my stay with the residents of the Frampton. For me they were the right mix of eccentrics with good intentions. And it is all so romantically 1930's in tone. Loved the chapter titles and the many colorful nicknames for person and place. And the book itself is gorgeous (which is why it jumped off the display table at Hatchards and into my arms!) and includes maps of the station and its surroundings.Will definitely be taking the stairs at Belsize Park the next time I am in London.And will [...]


    17. I do like Golden Age crime writers and am looking forward to exploring some of the hidden gems in this British Library series, however I feel there is a reason this novel may have remained unearthed. It has all the ingredients of a classic crime tale, but ultimately it seems hollow. Some of the characters are interchangeable, with only Basil, the wayward nephew having any kind of grip on the reader. I found the gentle mocking of some of the servants and the landlady a hoot! Worth a read but not [...]


    18. I hadn't ever heard of Mavis Doriel Hay.even though I love British mysteries. I can't remember where I came across this, perhaps it was recommended by . However it came to my attention, I'm glad it did.This was a very fun read, even if a long time mystery reader will probably figure out the culprit before it is revealed. The introduction indicates that Hay didn't write very mysteries, but I think I will look up her other books.


    19. For a book of its age (I have read a lot from this era) I found the writing style quite fresh, and although some of the characters were a little two dimensional, many were nicely drawn. I did guess 'who done it' but enjoyed watching how they tried to keep suspicion from falling on themselves. Only disappointment was the finding of a vital clue in a scrapbook - too much of a stretch and simply unnesesary.


    20. Miss Euphemia Pongleton of the Frampton Private Hotel is found dead on the stairs of the Belsize Underground station. Not well liked so there are a few suspects including the possible beneficiaries of her will.Unfortunately I found the majority of the characters annoying, with a too talky and repetitive style of writing which was probably indicative of the style of the 1930's (The book was written in 1934).A NetGalley Book


    21. I liked this 1930s murder mystery, probably because I knew setting for the story. But I didn't enjoy it as much as The Cornish Coast Murder. That said, I found it entertaining enough to read over a few days, whereas The Cornish Coast Murder I read within 24 hours over a couple of days.


    22. A nice 1930s English mystery, nothing to knock your socks off but satisfying if you're craving a good old-fashioned English whodunit you haven't read before.



    23. Curated playlists on iTunes that focus on a specific artist or genre are generally organized into Essentials, Next Steps and Deep Cuts. If you were to organize classic British mysteries, the Poisoned Pen Press British Library Crime Classics are the Deep Cuts. There would be widespread agreement on the Essentials and Next Steps, but defining the Deep Cuts takes a certain amount of courage and skill. After all, they must appeal to modern readers despite their age, yet unlike the Essentials, they h [...]


    24. Murder Underground follows the investigation of the murder of Miss Pongleton on the stairs of the Belsize Park tube station. The main suspect is her nephew, Basil Pongleton, who it is well known to be her heir and Basil does seem to have something to hide. The investigation is complicated by the suggestion that there is a second will that disinherits Basil but has disappeared, missing pearls from Miss Pongleton's jewels and a stolen brooch that has been found in her bag and seems to incriminate [...]


    25. Miss Pongleton was not a well-liked woman. She was cheap and somewhat mean, even walking to the next London Underground station to save a penny on fares. Once there she would be one of the few commuters using the stairs while the rest waited for the elevator.Even though she wasn't the friendliest person, it still came as something of a shock when she was found on those stairs strangled. With her dog's leash no less. Her renters are shocked and immediately start guessing what might have happened. [...]


    26. It's been a good idea to read the crime classics published by the British Library. I had some difficulties to keep reading 'Murder Underground'. First of all I'm not very fond of what I call fragmented narratives. It's when the story keeps shifting from character to character. Maybe I'm a little close-minded but I'd rather have some continuity. Or maybe it's nothing of the sort but just characters that are not that interesting. When I had already gone through 2/3 of the book I was hooked, and I [...]


    27. Another marvelous novel from the British Library Crime Classics, this time a story set on the Northern Line.Miss Pongleton is found murdered and although the residents of the hotel where she was staying were not that fond of her they try to find out who the murderer is.It is my opinion that dog Tuppy is the star of the story and I would very much like one just like him!The reprints of the Library portfolio are very welcome and I aspire to collect them allry highly recommended.I was given a digit [...]


    28. Catching up on reviews, waiting for our power/heat to be restored so we can finally return home.Another great discovery. Found on the shelves of the library. Originally written on the 1930's by a contemporary of Agatha Christie. I loved the feel on the book, the language, the format authentically and wonderfully old fashioned.The middle felt a bit long and I had to make myself pick it up and continue reading. Whenever I wasn't reading, I thought fondly about the book and its characters but the a [...]


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