Post After Post-Mortem by E.C.R. Lorac – 20 Books of Summer

Post After Post-Mortem by E.C.R. Lorac is subtitled An Oxfordshire Mystery. It was first published in 1936 but this edition was published by British Library in 2022. It has an introduction by Martin Edwards.

Mrs Surray and her professor husband have lived in their home for 25 years and she particularly loves the place and its garden. Their five adult children are all arriving for the weekend to celebrate their mother’s birthday, they’re a talented bunch, all successful writers of some sort, they’re all academically high-fliers and writers of various sorts. It should be a perfect weekend of celebration, but shockingly one of the ‘children’  doesn’t survive the night.

It looks like an open and shut case and at the inquest the coroner is happy to come to the obvious conclusion, however, with hindsight the evidence doesn’t really add up, and so begins a search for clues, with CID Robert Macdonald given the job of investigating.

I enjoyed this one – up to a point. I really didn’t like any of the members of the Surray family, they were all too up themselves/self regarding for my liking, Macdonald the detective was the only really likeable character, but the mystery itself was decent.

2 thoughts on “Post After Post-Mortem by E.C.R. Lorac – 20 Books of Summer

  1. I have only read one book by Lorac, Checkmate to Murder, and I enjoyed that one. I want to read more of them and I have a few in ebook format.

    The premise of this book sounds good; I like mysteries where one of the family is murdered. But I do find it hard to read about a lot of unsympathetic characters.

    • tracybham,
      I’ve read a few of her books and I think I enjoyed them more than this one. I just didn’t get on with most of the characters, but that probably says more about me, or maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for that type of family!

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