The Plague Court Murders
by Carter Dickson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wasn't sure about this book at the start. The backstory about the history of the house (Plague Court is the name of a house) was a bit too old-fashioned and gothic for me. Once H.M. comes into it the pace picked up considerably and once the mystery of the locked room started to unravel I couldn't put it down. I don't want to give away the solution, but I will say that it was a very clever crime and that all the clues were there (though they are spelled clews which I thought was weird) if I had been sharp enough to spot them.
This book (first published in 1934) counts toward the Vintage Mystery Challenge. It is a locked room mystery, but I am going to count it in the category Things That Go Bump in the Night: a mystery with something spooky, creepy, gothic in the title (The Skeleton in the Clock, Haunted Lady, The Bat, etc.) because Plague Court is a haunted house and the first theory about the murder (I'm not saying if it holds up or not) is that it was committed by a ghost.