Both Death in White Pyjamas & Death Knows No Calendar were disappointments to me. I expect more from John Bude than an incredibly long setup and a disappointing conclusion.
Both tales have a vicious female provocateur that is murdered late in the story. Deidre in Pyjamas was literally hated by everyone within range of her voice. Lydia in Calendar was just as evil.
However, the solution of both tales was impossible for the reader to discover. Key clues were withheld to a minute before the detective revealed whodunit. Pyjamas had so many abrupt twists of who was lying at the end that I soon stopped even trying to solve the mystery myself. Calendar was a locked room mystery with an answer only known to rural British villagers at the time.
Therefore, I would only recommend Death in White Pyjamas & Death Knows No Calendar to readers who do not want to try to solve the mysteries themselves. 3 stars. Armchair detectives should read any other book by this usually good author rather than this book.
Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.