Green for Danger by Christianna Brand (1944)

What a fantastic read! Actually, a reread for me of one of my favorite books.

Brand’s intricate plot keeps the reader on the edge of their seat—and keeps them guessing until the very end. The writing is razor sharp and filled with dialogue that is witty and biting.. The atmosphere is enhanced with vivid detail of the setting — a military hospital in the English countryside at the height of World War II. And the war-time setting adds a layer of tension and uncertainty to the story, making it even more gripping.

The characterizations are fabulous. Inspector Cockrill, is intelligent, likeable and filled with humor. The suspects are a diverse group, each and every one is so well conceived, with their own unique personality and backstory. They are so relatable and their interactions so believable that the reader becomes invested in their stories and wanting to know what happens to them.

This book is timeless. A page-turner that will keep you guessing until the very end, as well as a classic crime novel that is a must-read for all fans of the genre.


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