Ring Once for Death by Robert Arthur
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“Ring Once for Death” is a gripping and suspenseful mystery novel by Robert Arthur, first published in 1957. The story revolves around a group of people who are mysteriously summoned to a remote mansion, where they are trapped and forced to play a deadly game of cat and mouse with a ruthless killer.
The novel opens with the introduction of the protagonist, Perry Travis, a young man who has recently inherited a large sum of money from his grandfather. One day, Perry receives a cryptic invitation to a party at a mansion in the countryside, signed simply with the initial “M”. Intrigued, Perry decides to attend the party, only to find himself trapped along with a group of other guests in the mansion.
As the guests try to figure out who has brought them to the mansion and why, they begin to realize that one of them is a murderer. With no means of escape, they must work together to uncover the killer’s identity before it’s too late. As the tension mounts and the body count rises, the guests find themselves in a desperate fight for survival.
Robert Arthur’s writing is taut and suspenseful, building tension with each twist and turn in the plot. He creates a cast of characters that are both intriguing and flawed, each with their own secrets and motivations. The setting of the mansion, with its dark corners and hidden passages, adds to the atmosphere of fear and uncertainty.
At its core, “Ring Once for Death” is a classic whodunit mystery, but it also explores themes of greed, betrayal, and the lengths people will go to in order to protect their secrets. The novel also raises questions about the nature of justice and the morality of revenge.
One of the strengths of the novel is its pacing, with the plot unfolding at a brisk pace that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The twist ending is both surprising and satisfying, tying up loose ends and revealing the true nature of the killer.
Despite being written over 60 years ago, “Ring Once for Death” remains a thrilling and engaging read, and is considered a classic of the mystery genre. Its timeless themes and suspenseful plot continue to captivate readers, making it a must-read for fans of mystery and suspense.