In The Spotlight: Cyril Hare’s Tenant For Death

The book, Tenant For Death, by Cyril Hares, is in the spotlight in this post from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog.

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Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. When many people think of Golden Age crime fiction, they think of names such as John Dickson Carr, Agatha Christie, or perhaps Ellery Queen. The name of Cyril Hare doesn’t always get as much ‘press’ as some of the other authors of the era get. He was, however, a much-loved and prolific writer, mostly of short stories, but also of several novels. Let’s take a look at Hare’s work today, and turn the spotlight on Tenant For Death, the first of his Inspector Mallett series.

The real action in the story begins when two estate agent clerks, Harper and Lewis, are sent to one of their firm’s properties, 27 Daylesford Gardens. The tenant, Mr. Colin James, seems to have vacated the premises, and the firm wants to protect the interests of their client, a Miss Penrose. The two clerks…

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