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Kay Cleaver Strahan Reviews

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  • miketooney49
    THE DESERT MOON MYSTERY - 1928: A good story, neatly told --and the author plays fair. The end will surprise you, yet you ll wonder why you didn t see it
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      THE DESERT MOON MYSTERY - 1928:

      "A good story, neatly told --and the author plays fair.
      The end will surprise you, yet you'll wonder why you
      didn't see it earlier."
      -- http://tinyurl.com/cbeprpp

      "For a first mystery novel 'The Desert Moon Mystery'
      is a breathtaking accomplishment."
      -- John, 'Pretty Sinister Books'
      -- http://tinyurl.com/bputf5o

      "The best of the Crime Club's stories is that unhappily
      named 'The Desert Moon Mystery', after the ranch on
      which it takes place. Here you have the elements dearly
      loved by the mystery fan -- the murderer in plain sight,
      with all the evidence pointing directly, yet you are block-
      ed by the apparent impossibility -- not of your guess,
      because you don't guess -- but of the whole situation. I
      prefer that narrators of mystery tales tell their stories in
      plain English -- i.e., do not speak in character; but the
      housekeeper who tells all in this case is not offensive."
      -- http://tinyurl.com/cs3rd7h

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      FOOTPRINTS - 1929:

      "To us, the explanation wasn't entirely convincing. Miss
      Strahan can write better stories than this -- and has."
      -- http://tinyurl.com/a9x6urp

      "TO RE-OPEN a twenty-year-old crime by means of
      a series of letters, written at the time of the murder so
      that a marriage may be consummated, is a decidedly
      novel plot for a detective story. The scene is laid at
      Q 2 ranch in Oregon. The book is not so bloodthirsty
      as most murder stories, but the death of Richard
      Quilter remains a mystery until the last page."
      -- http://tinyurl.com/atup2te

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      THE MERIWETHER MYSTERY - 1933:

      "The story begins in the middle, frequently interrupts
      itself, obscuring valuable clues and excellent character-
      izations."
      -- http://tinyurl.com/d8udewt

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      THE HOBGOBLIN MURDER - 1934:

      "Incredible situation, pretty sticky in certain aspects,
      produces faint nausea, but one does read on to end
      which flouts intelligence."
      -- http://tinyurl.com/c8d9zfw

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      THE DESERT LAKE MYSTERY - 1936:

      "Once you get the Oakman family relationships straightened
      out, it's easy to pick the -- or ANY -- murderer."
      -- http://tinyurl.com/buu4a2k

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      See also:

      http://tinyurl.com/bkvhvtw [GAD Wiki]

      http://www.unz.org/Author/StrahanKayCleaver
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