Mist on the Saltings (1933)


My review:

Wade is a superb writer—but, in this offering, less successful with detection and clueing.  The setting (Norfolk coastal village, and bleak landscape, echoing the characters’ emotions of gloom and soulless lust), the socio-economic picture of interwar Britain, the classic situation of adultery, suspicion and jealousy are all worthy of a straight novel.  The murder of the adulterous novelist comes late, with the detection an after-thought, revisiting old ground, and the murderer’s identity handed to the police on a platter.

Note that Blake “borrowed heavily” from this book for The Beast Must Die.

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