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This review is from: In a Cat's Eye (Kindle Edition)
When Willy Lee's friend, Nancy, is found dead in the boarding house they share with an oddball collection of other lodgers and their feisty landlady, everyone assumes it was due to misadventure. Although Willy is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, it is his fixation on the little details, such as the missing figurine, and the unexplained comings and goings of the cat, Mr Winkley, that uncovers the true events of the fateful evening.
In essence, this is a locked-room murder mystery, but it is the author's execution of it that lifts the genre to a new level. Kevin gives his main protagonist a unique and memorable voice that makes a striking change from the usual hard-nosed detective. The minor characters - The Colonel, Francine, Elsie and the rest, are just as skilfully drawn.
This is a highly atmospheric piece, reminiscent of old B-movies and film noir of the forties and fifties, with twists and turns and shifts in loyalties that keep you guessing until the end.