The Body in the Ivy

The Body in the Ivy, by Katherine Hall Page, is a well-above-average mystery with some familiar themes. I can’t give too many details without indulging in spoilers, but I recommend it to those who like updated Agatha-Christie-style stories where the murders have a basis in decades-old history. The references to And Then There Were None are quite explicit, so don’t think that Page is trying to pull a fast one by stealing ideas from Christie. The story hinges entirely on a fictional women’s college in a Massachusetts town right near Weston — surely Wellesley College, even though it’s called Pelham in the novel. Subthemes of catering and college life add to the interest. Not a great book, but definitely worth reading.

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