Marie Belloc Lowdnes – The Lodger (Four Square, 1966: Originally Methuen, 1913)
Cover illustration uncredited [Josh Kirby ?]
The Lodger is an acknowledged classic of mystery and suspense. This spine-chiller is a psychological study of a mass murderer which concerns itself with the burning question ‘Why?’. From the first moment that Mr. Sleuth rents rooms in Mr. and Mrs. Bunting’s lodging house we know that he is Jack the Ripper. Yet the story is so skilfully told that the reader is held breathless throughout. Why does Mr. Sleuth, obviously a gentleman, rent lodgings suitable only for the poor? Why does he turn all the pictures to the wall? Why does a man so gentle strike terror into the heart of Mrs. Bunting? As murder after murder is committed in a panic-stricken London, these and many more questions will hold the reader spell-bound until the last page.