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Mystery Monday – Murder on Safari

Murder on Safari by Hillary Waugh

Review by Matt B. (buffalosavage)


Waugh was the author of Last Seen Wearing (1952), the first of the police procedural genre.

Members of a safari to Kenya are divided into two groups: bird watching senior citizens and employees of a large privately held company. The mean racist owner-president is poisoned, then his son and daughter-in-law are dispatched in gruesome fashion.

The story is told from the point of view of a member who is also a journalist on the story of vacationing in game parks. He teams up with a burnt-out PI named Col. Dagger. This unfortunately brought to my wayward mind, “Col. Mustard in the library with the candlestick.”

As an example of the classic whodunit model published as late as the late 1980s, this was just okay. The characters are even more wispy than in usual genre novels. The unfolding of events and climax are unrealistic. As spiteful racists and cheats get knocked off, we feel no fear that a killer on a loose but callously relieved that the world is shut of thems that needed killin’


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One Response to “Mystery Monday – Murder on Safari”

  1. Margie S. says:

    The last sentence in your review of the Hillary Waugh book says something about a killer on the loose but you word it differently. Don’t.

    The review ends with a cute remark that I would have liked to see in quotation marks, and no period. Was there supposed to be more?*

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