My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you haven't heard of Margaret Erskine, I suggest you give her a try. This was my first book with Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Septimus Finch, and I found it thoroughly enjoyable.
Finch is recovering from a gunshot wound the parent's home of his friend Adam, which is located on the Sussex coast. Adam is a doctor, so the detective can rest under friendly supervision. Before leaving London, Finch overhears bits of a dramatic conversation that involves the Bonner family, wealthy residents who live nearby.
He is bored with his recovery, and so he amuses himself trying to solve the mystery of the conversation. Before long, there's a real mystery to solve when the eldest Bonner sister, Agatha, is murdered.
Written in 1967, there are the usual suspects - the eccentric older brother; the stodgy attorney, husband to one of the sisters; the handsome movie actor who is courting the granddaughter and so on. Love it!
As the mystery develops, the waters muddy with each new bit of information. And, since people used to be reticent about pouring out the details of their lives, there is just enough information missing or hinted at to keep the reader guessing at the killer and the motive.
I didn't fall in love with Septimus' character as his one defining characteristic is that he speaks softly for a large man. However, I did like him, and I'll definitely check out more in this series. The story kept me reading. 🙂
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