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A Question of Murder

by R.H. Lees


Courtesy of OSPA


Review by R.J.A.
Mr. Lees has written a story of treasure-trove, greed and murder, set in the Rhodesian bush -- a location he obviously knows well. The accounts of African behaviour and the thinking behind it, the events and the places, will no doubt be remembered by readers who have lived out there. The pace is rather slow but the story will doubtless be enjoyed by readers not looking for a thrill a minute but who like a nostalgic saunter, with some excitement towards the end.

Mr. Lees's language is very formal and he does not differentiate between the written and spoken word, so the dialogue tends to be pedantic and rather unreal. However, the author is a naturalist and his interest and regard for Rhodesia and its wild life are clearly portrayed. His animals come alive rather better than his people; bird and animal behaviour being affectionately and acutely observed and recorded. It is this knowledge and understanding that enables the story to be brought to a satisfactory climax and conclusion.

British Empire Book
Author
R.H. Lees
Published
1981
Pages
192
Publisher
Robert Hale Ltd
ISBN
0709192355
Availability
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