J. Jefferson Farjeon (1883-1955) was the author of more than sixty crime and thriller novels. His work was highly acclaimed in his day; Dorothy L. Sayers wrote that 'Jefferson Farjeon is quite unsurpassed for creepy skill in mysterious adventures'. Farjeon is now best known as the author of Number Seventeen, a play that was adapted for the big screen by Alfred Hitchcock.
"Farjeon provides a superior example of the Old Dark House genre,
this time with snow, that will remind readers with long memories of
his play No. 17, impudently filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in
"The settings of train, blizzard, and the eerily welcoming home are all engrossing. Dorothy L. Sayers characterized Farjeon as 'unsurpassed for creepy skill in mysterious adventures.' This reissue proves it." (starred review)--Booklist
"The book is a very atmospheric mystery. It is just a satisfying read from beginning to end. The characters are interesting and flawed but a delight to spend time with....This compelling mystery is now back in print. I definitely recommend it!"--Becky Laney "Becky's Book Reviews "