When Ambrose Barrow’s body was found, the face smeared with theatrical make-up and a false mustache pasted neatly over the lip-it was soon clear that the murder couldn’t have been committed by the pathetic little “spiv” who reported it. When Inspector Littlejohn took the case, it became even clearer that a lot of people couldn’t, and wouldn’t, tell the whole truth.
What did Inspector Faddiman, of the local police, have to conceal when he talked about resigning from the force rather than pursue the case? Why did Mrs. Barrow hide the real truth about the Whistler etching on her wall? Why was Dr. Martindale-grown careless about locking the poison cabinet-drinking so much? And the wealthy Fennings, living in the mansion ruled by the ailing, tyrannical Miles Fenning-what was their secret? Inspector Littlejohn’s sleuthing took him among a flamboyant group of amateur actors, into the haunts and homes of some fascinating eccentrics, and out to the Fenning mansion, where Mary Fenning played Bach and fenced with her brother-in-law, James.
Again the author of Death on the Last Train and The Case of the Famished Parson supplies his many fans with all the ingredients for a session of pleasure and puzzlement.
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