Kay Cleaver Strahan Reviews
- 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."
"For a first mystery novel 'The Desert Moon Mystery'
is a breathtaking accomplishment."
-- John, 'Pretty Sinister Books'
"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."
FOOTPRINTS - 1929:
"To us, the explanation wasn't entirely convincing. Miss
Strahan can write better stories than this -- and has."
"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."
THE MERIWETHER MYSTERY - 1933:
"The story begins in the middle, frequently interrupts
itself, obscuring valuable clues and excellent character-
THE HOBGOBLIN MURDER - 1934:
"Incredible situation, pretty sticky in certain aspects,
produces faint nausea, but one does read on to end
which flouts intelligence."
THE DESERT LAKE MYSTERY - 1936:
"Once you get the Oakman family relationships straightened
out, it's easy to pick the -- or ANY -- murderer."
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