Portrait of a Murderer

Portrait of a Murderer

"Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931." Thus begins a classic crime novel published in 1933, a riveting portrait of the psychology of a murderer.

Each December, Adrian Gray invites his extended family to stay at his lonely house, Kings Poplars. None of Gray's six surviving children is fond of him; several have cause to wish him dead. The family gathers on Christmas Eve - and by the following morning, their wish has been granted. This fascinating and unusual novel tells the story of what happened that dark Christmas night; and what the murderer did next.

Title:Portrait of a Murderer
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780712356862
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  • Fran

    Adrian Gray, a country gentleman, will be murdered by one of his six children on Christmas Eve, 1931. The seventy year old patriarch is hosting the Gray family's yearly holiday gathering. Adrian is a ...

  • Carol

    It’s Christmas 1931. *Pause - That’s it for Christmas, so if the lovely, traditional cover suggests that you might find here some warm, Christmas-infused tale or lesson in the Christmas spirit, yo...

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: Adrian Gray was born in May 1862 and met his death through violence, at the hands of one of his own children, at Christmas, 1931. The crime was instantaneous and unpremeditated, and the murde...

  • Piyangie

    This is not a traditional mystery where a crime is committed and the criminal is tracked down. Instead, the criminal is revealed to us when the crime is committed, and what awaits is whether he'll be ...

  • Susan

    This is not a traditional mystery, as the reader is aware of who the murderer is from the beginning of events. It is set over Christmas, 1931, when a house party of disgruntled family members converge...

  • Nancy Oakes

    full post here: http://www.crimesegments.com/2020/12/...Warning: cute and cozy this book is definitely not. While it begins at a family gathering at Christmas, nobody's going a-wassailing, nor is ther...

  • Mara

    3.5 stars -- in form, this is a really interesting book. There are several sections that take the form of a traditional multi-POV , a diary from a murderer, etc. which lend to the conceit of this book...

  • Andy Weston

    None of the characters in Meredith's novel are very nice, not least Adrian Gray, who meets his death at the hands of one of his own children as they celebrated Christmas at Kings Poplars in 1931. Its ...

  • Susan in NC

    DNF - really not my kind of book, good writing for bits, but verbose and confusing in parts. Failed to hold my interest once Adrian Grey is murdered and his body is discovered. Family full of miserabl...

  • Melanie

    Certainly a very unusual mystery. We know the murderer, more of a Columbo style mystery. Incredibly anti-Semitic showing just how prevalent hatred of Jews was in the 1930ies. Hard to read in places fo...