The Decline of the English Murder #RBRT #BookReview, #humor #mystery

Fabulous blog about two murder, mayhem and two stories Barb Taub absolutely loved … delighted to say, one is That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel!

Barb Taub

George Orwell was annoyed. The author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four said the war was probably to blame, but it seemed like you just couldn’t get a good murder anymore. His 1946 essay lists the ingredients essential to a quality crime—social class, sex, and (preferably) poisoning:

—Cover of Decline of the English Murder by George Orwell, first published February 16, 1946

“The murderer should be a little man of the professional class — a dentist or a solicitor, say — living an intensely respectable life somewhere in the suburbs, and preferably in a semi-detached house, which will allow the neighbours to hear suspicious sounds through the wall. He should be either chairman of the local Conservative Party branch, or a leading Nonconformist and strong Temperance advocate. He should go astray through cherishing a guilty passion for his secretary or the wife of a rival professional man, and should…

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