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DEATH ON MILESTONE BUTTRESS CLIMBING NOVEL Glyn Carr 2000 New Paperback
By Carr, Glyn. [Showell Styles]
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2000 [1951]. 187 pp. The first of the climbing murder mysteries penned by Showell Styles, all of which are hard to find nowadays in 1st editions. New Paperback.

Abercrombie (“Filthy”) Lewker was looking forward to a fortnight of climbing in Wales after a grueling season touring England with his Shakespearean company. Young Hilary Bourne thought the fresh air would be a pleasant change from her dreary job at the bank, as well as a chance to renew her acquaintance with a certain young scientist. Neither one expected this bucolic outing to turn deadly, but when one of their party is killed in an apparent accident during what should have been an easy climb on the Milestone Buttress, Filthy and Hilary turn detective.

Nearly every member of the climbing party had reason to hate the victim, but each one also had an alibi for the time of the murder. Working as a team, Filthy and Hilary retrace the route of the fatal climb before returning to their lodgings where, in the grand tradition of Nero Wolfe, Filthy confronts the suspects and points his finger at the only person who could have committed the crime. Filled with climbing details sure to appeal to both expert climbers and armchair mountaineers alike, Death on Milestone Buttress was published in England in 1951, the first of fifteen detective novels in which Abercrombie Lewker outwitted murderers on peaks scattered around the globe.

 
Of the eighteen mystery novels written by Glyn Carr that featured mountain-climbing detective and government agent Abercrombie Lewker, only seven have been published in the US, and only five of these appeared contemporaneously with the British editions.  Three of Lewker’s adventures were published under Carr’s real name, Showell Styles.  
 
Settings for the Lewker books include all of the obvious ones, and some that aren’t: Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Nepal, Majorca, France and Wales.  Surprisingly enough, “Filthy,” as he is called by his friends, is described as short, bald and fat.  Perhaps there is hope for all of us.
 
Styles-Carr had a life filled with many of the same kind of escapades as his hero, seeing much duty with the Royal Navy during World War II.  His first book, Death on Milestone Buttress (Geoffrey Bles, 1951) was recently published by Rue Morgue Press (2002), its first ever publication in the US.  His second and third books were published by Dutton as Guilt Edged mysteries. Born in 1908 and now in his 90s, Styles-Carr makes his home in his native Wales. 

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