A Blunt Instrument
Who would kill the perfect gentleman? When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would have a motive for killing him? Superintendent Hannasyde, with consummate skill, uncovers one dirty little... show more
Who would kill the perfect gentleman?
When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would have a motive for killing him? Superintendent Hannasyde, with consummate skill, uncovers one dirty little secret after another, and with them, a host of people who all have reasons for wanting Fletcher dead. Then, a second murder is committed, giving a grotesque twist to a very unusual case, and Hannasyde realizes he's up against a killer on a mission...
Publish date: 1973
Publisher: GRAFTON BOOKS
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
Series: Inspector Hannasyde (#4)
Here's the thing about most Golden Age mysteries: the puzzle is all. No matter how witty or clever or brilliant the writing is, it's almost never about the characters themselves, but about the murder mystery puzzle. Which is, of course, why I read mysteries; I love the puzzle and I love trying to...
During the last third of the book I had a sudden conviction of who was the murderer, and I was right.I feel rather chuffed about that, pleased with myself over it. And I will spend the next few days thinking, writing and speaking in early 20th Century English. Some authors do that to one. Ernest...
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It may be that I gave this 4 stars because I am such a Heyer fan. After all, the mystery wasn't that engaging and I guessed the culprit very early in the piece. But Neville's wicked tongue made up for other weaknesses. A fun read.
Very good, and ending was definitely a surprise. But there was an awful lot of repetition of stuff we already knew, and I don't think it advanced the story much. But the author is definitely Agatha Christie-esque!