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Storylandia, The Wapshott Journal of Fiction, Issue 10 The novella Death Among the Marshes, a murder mystery set in the Twenties by Kathryn L Ramage Visit www.storylandia.wapshottpress.com for information Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleKoboApple iBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 156 pages Published June 1st 2013 by The Wapshott Press LLC More Details ISBN13 9780984832583 Edition Language English URL Other Editions None found All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Storylandia 11, please sign up Be the first to ask a question about Storylandia 11 Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews showing 1 32 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jun 22, 2016 Nikki rated it really liked it Shelves queer, mystery, crime Death Among the Marshes is quite short a novella than novel and essentially a modern take on the Golden Age staple of a country house mystery The detective, Freddie, bears some resemblance to Sayers Lord Peter, in his aristocratic ties, his war buddy turned valet, etc, and indeed Ramage references Freddie reading Dorothy Sayers work, which made me smile.Unlike the Golden Age country house mysteries, though, this novella is quite frank about the existence of gay people one couple com Death Among the Marshes is quite short a novella than novel and essentially a modern take on the Golden Age staple of a country house mystery The detective, Freddie, bears some resemblance to Sayers Lord Peter, in his aristocratic ties, his war buddy turned valet, etc, and indeed Ramage references Freddie reading Dorothy Sayers work, which made me smile.Unlike the Golden Age country house mysteries, though, this novella is quite frank about the existence of gay people one couple come under suspicion as their family tries to put a wedge between them and persuade them to be socially appropriate, and there are possible hints that Billy, Freddie s manservant, might have feelings for him All the characters are well drawn and, if not exactly likeable, understandable in their support of each other, their squabbles, their faultlines.I found Death Among the Marshes enjoyable and well structured, and I ll definitely read any other books by Ramage which feature these characters This review does justice to it than mine, I think Originally posted here flag 2 likesLike see review Mar 04, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it Shelves crime, murder mystery, cozy The detective with a notebook is a commonplace in murder mysteries, and Death Among the Marshes pays homage to this trope, not once but twice the investigating police detective brings one out, as does Billy Watkins, the manservant of the main protagonist Frederick Babington Set in the early twenties, this clever novella also gives specific mentions both to the Sherlock Holmes stories and to the first of the Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles 1920 Set in th The detective with a notebook is a commonplace in murder mysteries, and Death Among the Marshes pays homage to this trope, not once but twice the investigating police detective brings one out, as does Billy Watkins, the manservant of the main protagonist Frederick Babington Set in the early twenties, this clever novella also gives specific mentions both to the Sherlock Holmes stories and to the first of the Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles 1920 Set in the fictional Norfolk pile of Marsh Hall, seat of Viscount Marshbourne, by the village of Marshbanks, Death Among the Marshes is Kathryn Ramage s way of having fun with the country house mystery genre while also acknowledging that living in the aftermath of the Great War was no less difficult for many returning soldiers than surviving the actual conflict.As with the detective the reader may well resort to a notebook to make sense of the complicated relationships and possible motives of the actors in this story The title refers not to the fenland of Norfolk as one might expect but to the extended family of Marshes, one of whom Bertie has been murdered We soon meet an assortment of cousins, fourteen in all, most of whom can be reliably placed on a family tree, and various parents, uncles and aunts Frederick Babington takes it on himself to discover the circumstances of Bertie s death in parallel with the police investigation He of course finds himself compromised he was a childhood playmate to most of his cousins, and naturally feels loyalty towards the family As Inspector Deffords says, the most frustrating part of investigating a murder among a close group of people is no one will tell you anything They re all concerned with protecting each other But because of the war and the years since he last saw them Freddie starts to doubt each individual s motives, alibis and, worryingly, innocence.Freddie is also affected by the fact that Bertie has died at the same spot of the river where his own parents drowned, and is troubled by the spectre of history repeating itself But he has also to allow for slowly changing attitudes with regard to master servant relationships contemporaries find his easy social manner with Billy curious , philandering women s status had started to change for the better with the social upheaval occasioned by war and homosexuality this was barely than a quarter century after the Oscar Wilde trials Kathryn Ramage s novella is an intelligent work that perfectly captures the manners, language and attitudes of the period while sustaining the usual expectations for a murder mystery It s also carefully structured and detailed so that it s possible to draw up reasonably accurate maps, plans, timetable and family relationships if one has a mind to treat it as than a casual read All in all I found this a convincing work, neither a pastiche nor a parody of its models and in Freddie Babington, with his faithful friend Billy Watkins, we have an amateur sleuth with a tortured history and a decent character who dare one hope deserves further outings.The only clue that the author isn t British is the use of huff as a verb this Americanism doesn t quite convey what the phrase in a huff implies but rather suggests audibly giving a heavy sigh or even a metaphorical shrug of the shoulders She has however avoided the lazy clich that lesser writers frequently don t of prefixing upper class interjections with I say for which we must be grateful.http wp.me s2oNj1 marshes flag 1 likeLike see review Haven Gordon marked it as to read Dec 25, 2013 Kim Coomey marked it as to read Dec 25, 2013 Paula Gardner marked it as to read Dec 25, 2013 Vykki marked it as to read Dec 26, 2013 Traci Hearty marked it as to read Dec 26, 2013 Frederick Rotzien marked it as to read 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