The wide open rocky spaces of a mountainside might seem like an unlikely setting for a seemingly impossible crime, unless you stop and think of it as a locked room without doors or walls. It's the scene for Glyn Carr's "Murder on the Matterhorn," a 1951 entry in his series of mountaineering murders. It's the subject of this week's review on the Classic Mysteries podcast, and you can listen to the full review here.
Carr's amateur detective, Shakespearean actor and recreational mountain-climber Abercrombie "Filthy" Lewker finds himself puzzling over an apparently impossible murder on one of the Matterhorn's more dangerous faces. The victim had plenty of enemies, both personal and political, but how could he have been murdered during his solo ascent of one of the world's most famous mountains?
Carr's answer is quite ingenious - and it comes in a book that makes the sport of mountaineering sound truly enticing and enjoyable. I've long been a fan of the Abercrombie Lewker books, and "Murder on the Matterhorn" will help you understand why.