The Rasp

The Rasp Debut of celebrated detective Colonel Anthony Gethryn Brutal murder enmeshes sleuth in dark tale of revenge Superb suspense shocking denouement

  • Title: The Rasp
  • Author: Philip MacDonald
  • ISBN: 9780486238647
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • Debut of celebrated detective, Colonel Anthony Gethryn Brutal murder enmeshes sleuth in dark tale of revenge Superb suspense, shocking denouement.
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    • Sam Reaves says:

      Philip MacDonald was a British "Golden Age" mystery writer best known for The List of Adrian Messenger, which was made into a movie. I read a number of his books as a teenager and liked them a lot; recently I discovered this one, which I had somehow missed. While it failed to enthrall me as much as those I read years ago, it's worth reading for all the reasons we love classic British mystery: the evocation of a highly civilized society where only cads and bounders get murdered, the intricate log [...]

    • Ptaylor says:

      Published in 1924, The Rasp seems typical of the period. There are stereotypes of women and Jews which are offensive today, and made the reading harder. Agatha Christie used the same stereotypes in her early mysteries, and didn't change them until after World War II when the Holocaust became public knowledge. Colonel Gethryn reminds me of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey, the gentleman detective, in his speech and manner, another stereotype. MacDonald doesn't really play fair as Christie and Sa [...]

    • Leslie Angel says:

      Originally published in 1924, I think. Nicely old-fashioned, detective a sort of Fen or Whimsey prototype, but overall hokey.

    • Roger King says:

      There are hundreds, thousands detective novels published every year, sometimes it is good going back a hundred years and read some of the work of our “forebears”. Same issues as now, but now with a historical novel feel. Seems like some snowflakes can’t handle the mores of the times, but they can’t read Huckleberry Finn either. Philip MacDonald introduces Colonel Anthony Gethryn solving difficult cases as a freelancer for Scotland Yard. He mellows out a bit by The List of Adrian Messange [...]

    • Ann says:

      An old-fashioned mystery from 1925. A Cabinet Minister is found murdered in his study with a wood rasp. Was it an intruder? An insider? The police, baffled, calls in Anthony Gethryn. This young man has all the characteristics we like to see in a Golden Age mystery : well-educated, rich, a little flippant, but with a capacity for making lasting friendships. It is also hinted that he served his country in unusual secret capacities during the Great War, but no detail is given. And as one one would [...]

    • Rich says:

      Anthony Gethryn investigates the murder of a respected member of Parliament.A strange one this. The detective is not an uninteresting guy but all his deductions are kept back from the reader, you can't really play armchair detective. Also Macdonald reels off a whole list of potential murderers but we meet very few of them. This unfortunately makes it too easy to work out who the killer is. The book feels slightly claustrophobic and narrowly focused, there's not much sense of time and place. Stil [...]

    • Susan says:

      Anthony Gethryn helps finance his friend's magazine, and is asked to cover the murder of a cabinet minister in the study of his country house, helping the police if he can. Gethryn doesn't take the assignment too seriously until he meets a neighbor, beautiful widow Lucia Lemesurier. Then, to protect Lucia's family, and to clear an innocent man who is the obvious murderer, Gethryn untangles a complex plan for murder. About the only thing I don't like about this is the title, which makes the book [...]

    • Rissi says:

      Read this years ago and it scared the stuffing out of me. Guess that is why it keeps haunting me. So here I am in 2014 noting that I read it about 35 years ago. Probably, since it so memorable, I should give it 4 stars.

    • Michelle Hoogterp says:

      I look forward to reading more!

    • Steven Heywood says:

      A very pleasant surprise of a story. Nicely-paced and, though definitely of its time, not especially dated.

    • Cathy says:

      According to the Haycraft-Queen list, the first Colonel Anthony Gethyrn book.

    • Judy says:

      A good who-done-it in the English style of the 1930's. Not as good or well known as his "List of Adrian Messenger."

    • Kate says:

      For my full review click on the link below:crossexaminingcrime.wordpress

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