The Shade of Time has always been somewhat of a legend to me. It’s a book that receives few reviews, and yet it somehow obtained a slot in Roland Lacourbe’s list of top locked room mysteries. It isn’t easy to find either, at least in the price range that I’m willing to pay for a book that I know so little about. After years of hunting, I’ve never seen it come in for less than $20.
“Don’t spend $20 on it”, I recall JJ from The Invisible Event telling me, crushing my dreams of a long lost impossible crime masterpiece (do you hear me JJ? You crushed my dreams!). A few others pitched in a similar opinion, and I had to settle for the reality that this legendary book long sought after just wasn’t going to live up to my expectations.Continue reading “The Shade of Time – David Duncan (1946)”