Contribution

(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Kathleen Moore Knight is of primary interest for her sixteen novels featuring Elisha Macomber. These stories combine two popular genres: the Golden Age novel of detection and the romantic crime novel. Knight’s puzzles are solved both by Macomber’s deductions and by unveiling the murderer to the narrator or other main characters. Combining detection with family and love plots, the novels—especially the fourteen Macomber novels, which are set in New England—are notable for their skillful evocation of place. All Knight’s novels feature clear and interesting plots in well-visualized settings. Her style is straightforward, not dated by use of perishable vocabulary, and her books cannot be said to reflect the style or approach of any one specific writer.