The Corpse in the Snowman Book Review

The Corpse in the Snowman Book Review

Title: The Corpse in the Snowman
Author: Nicholas Blake
Published: August 21, 2017,
No. of Pages: 276
Cover Price: $3.99 eBook

Fans of historical fiction may want to pick up a novel in the Nigel Strangeways series that was written in 1944, and re-released again as a Kindle book in 2017, and a hardcover in 2018. The author, who wrote under the pseudonym, Nicholas Blake, Cecil Day-Lewis, was a poet in the UK, and was named Poet Laureate in 1968 until his death in 1972. The Corpse in the Snowman features Nigel and his wife Georgia Strangeways as they travel to Dover House located next to Esterham Manor, an old Victorian estate and home of the wealthy Restoricks. While the Strangeways are there to solve the mystery of a cat at the manor who bounced off the wall several times after a séance that occurred in a so-called haunted room, the bigger mystery is the death of Elizabeth Restorick who is found hanging in her room. While it looks like suicide, Nigel believes she was murdered, and works with local law enforcement to find the murderer.

Nothing in the estate is as it seems, and Blake weaves the story as readers deal with characters who are staying at the estate. Blake does an excellent job of developing the characters, and as the readers follow them throughout, they really won’t have an idea who the real murderer is.

One thing about books written during this time, is that they are often wordy and longer than they need to be. It seemed to take forever to get through this novel, even though it is interesting and has an excellent plot. The style of writing is also historical as is the story.

This is one novel that is worth reading, if the reader wants to take the extra time to get through it. As an English major, it reminded me of novels written during the Victorian era, and includes plenty of historical facts that are nice to know.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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