Inspectors Hemingway and Hannasyde of Scotland Yard wonder why anyone would want to kill the well-liked, perfectly respectable Ernest Fletcher. The ...Show synopsisInspectors Hemingway and Hannasyde of Scotland Yard wonder why anyone would want to kill the well-liked, perfectly respectable Ernest Fletcher. The mystery's key is a blunt instrument--a weapon that the police can't find . . . and that the murderer intends to use again.Hide synopsis
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A must for Heyer fans. The murder happens in the first pages. There are really only 9 suspects to track, so you won't need to take notes (as I find necessary with most of Heyer's mysteries) to solve the case. The mystery is fair; clues abound. To me, the test was not to guess the murderer, but to identify the weapon and the motive. I'll say no more.
Georgette Heyer's Inspector Hannasyde heads an interesting investigation with a cast of police who are hot on the trial of every clue. Heyer's characters are wonderful and her villians are usually the victims. A good read.
I usually enjoy Georgette Heyer mysteries, enlivened by the sparkling wit of this author,who is,of course, better known for her Regency romances.However, this one failed for me on several fronts. The victim, for instance, is described as a ' well-liked ' man-about-Town. Liked by whom, one might ask? We have no chance to find out what he is like,anyway,as he is already bumped off as the novel begins. Add some tiresomely brittle banter every few pages between a particularly charmless main character and his very unlikely girlfriend, plus an ultra-religious policeman,who constantly spouts Biblical expressions [How did he remain in the force?] and you end up not caring very much who the murderer is. The killer is telegraphed before the end, anyway.A great disappointment, though the murderer is certainly not who the investigating detectives, Hemingway and Hannasyde,suspect.
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