Mrs. Vina Gregson should be sitting pretty. Acquitted of murdering her husband, she has inherited his money, and can afford to dress in latest styles. Unfortunately, her fashionable ensembles go largely unseen, as the Widow Gregson remains essentially a prisoner, trapped in her elegant New York apartment with occasional furtive forays to her Connecticut estate. A jury mayMrs. Vina Gregson should be sitting pretty. Acquitted of murdering her husband, she has inherited his money, and can afford to dress in latest styles. Unfortunately, her fashionable ensembles go largely unseen, as the Widow Gregson remains essentially a prisoner, trapped in her elegant New York apartment with occasional furtive forays to her Connecticut estate. A jury may have found her innocent, but Mrs. Gregson remains a murderess in the eyes of the public and of the tabloid journalists who hound her every step.Worse, she has recently begun receiving increasingly menacing letters - letters written, she is certain, by the person who killed her husband. Taking the matter to the police would only heighten her notoriety, so she calls on Henry Gamadge, the gentleman-sleuth who earlier featured in Murders in Volume 2, and who is known both for his discretion and for his ability to solve problems that baffle the police....
|Title||:||The House Without the Door|
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|Number of Pages||:||311 Pages|
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The House Without the Door Reviews
Once the mystery is set up, you can't put the book down! It's compelling trying to review the evidence of a past crime, and a new one beginning. You spend all your time guessing and guessing and then changing your mind and back again. The best thing about the characters involved is that they are generally very very plain people. This makes you have to study everything extra carefully.
Henry Gamadge, documents expert and sometime crime solver, is asked by a friend to look into a case involving anonymous letters and several apparent murder attempts against a woman who was acquitted of murdering her husband. There are numerous potential heirs with an interest in the woman's will, but no clear suspects. Still, the case seems to be aiming at making someone look guilty--not just for attempting to kill Mrs. Gregson, the widow, but perhaps for the murder of her late husband as well. And Gamadge suspects time is pressing to stop whoever is behind the dangerous proceedings.The series by Elizabeth Daly has been long out of print. I honestly don't recall reading them previously, but they rested on my favorites shelf for many years. Re-reading them, I'm learning to appreciate Daly's intricate plotting, as well as her central characters--Gamadge, his wife Clara, assistant Harold, and assorted friends and acquaintances. This outing delivers dilemmas, poison, hidden pistols, frustrated police detectives, and dangerous dames.
"This is a very bad case," as Gamadge tells his wife Clara. Usually calm and collected, Gamadge was impelled with urgency as he tackles the case of murderous attempts on Mrs. Gregson who was acquitted of her husband's murder years ago. One of the best books in the series in my opinion.
Interesting at times, but nothing special. Full review at classicmystery.wordpress.com
This was my first read of a Henry Gamadge book, so I was learning as I went. I will go back and check out the earlier books in the series as I enjoyed this one.I had no idea of Gamadge's age and was surprised to find he was relative young. I enjoyed his wife and her confidence in who she was--certainly not defined by him. I liked her assistant and how all of them were comfortable together.The characters in this book were interesting and I felt they were individuals and not stereotypes. I admit I didn't follow well Gamadge's reasoning and solving of the crime, but I enjoyed being along for the ride. If I'd read the earlier books I might have been more aware of how he works.I believe I read that this was Agatha Christie's favorite author; if so, I can understand why. I, too, enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the others in the series.
The House without the Door is a great piece of midcentury mystery fiction, and I look forward to unearthing more of Elizabeth Daly's work. The main character, Henry Gamadge, is everything you'd want in a 1940s amateur gentleman-detective—polite, secretive, sneaky, and ever silent. The reader constantly thinks, "This doesn't make sense"—until, at the end, as Gamadge reveals his findings, and what he knew from the start but we didn't, it does. This particular edition (Felony & Mayhem, 2006) unfortunately contained a sometimes distracting amount of punctuation and spelling errors and the kinds of typos produced through OCR text recognition; an extra proofread would have been beneficial.
Mrs. Gregson was acquitted of murdering her wealthy husband. Now she lives in shadows, afraid of more publicity. But four attempts on her life have her frightened, and she asks Henry Gamadge to investigate. Finding out who threatens Vina Gregson means that he will have to discover who killed her husband.
A good mystery story featuring Henry Gamadge. A woman who was acquitted of murder finds herself the target of threatening notes and "accidents." Gamadge is not sure this is a case for him until someone turns up dead. Then he's determined to see it through.I like this book and want to read more by this author. Too bad it's out of print and her books are so hard to find.
Elizabeth Daly's books are excellent. Henry Gamadge is another great character whose powers of observation outclass Sherlock Holmes. Again, I missed one or two books in the series, and they apparently contained life-changing events for Mr. Gamadge.