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Friday, May 20, 2011

A Legal Fiction, by E.X. Ferrars


A Legal Fiction
By E.X. Ferrars
1964


Elizabeth Ferrars apparently published mystery novels over the course of about six decades, ending in 1995. A Legal Fiction, which came out in the middle of all of this, is the first of her books that I've run across. It's a compact affair that deals with a painting that's gone missing some years earlier but has turned up again.

Complications arise, of course, as the man from whom the painting was originally taken jumps through various hoops to try to return it to its rightful owners - his elderly aunts. Features a somewhat interesting, albeit predictable, twist at the end. Overall, this one was not so bad but was marred by a few too many unlikable characters and a "veddy British" atmosphere that was a little much for this Yank.

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