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Re: Night at the Mocking Widow (1950)

Just finished this and I think the book is what I can describe as very easy-going and fun.
While thoroughly enjoyable as a read, I enjoyed both the humor and the psychology, I found some of the aspects of the mystery to be very underwhelming:

1. The essential locked room mystery involves no murder, or harm done, just a slight scare. I saw little evidence there was definitely somebody in the locked room, it could all easily be explained as nerves on the part of a couple of scared people.
2. The villain's motivation is underwhelming and underexplained. Even the clues are not convincing, and subject to interpretation. I thought the identity was a good one, but it kind of unraveled from there.

Nonetheless, a very enjoyable read for me. And this is a book where Carr managed to create quite a few characters, more than usual, and most of them not stock.
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