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Dangerous places, stately homes!
24 September 2018
Another interesting book from this author. It starts with the stabbing of Freddy Carstairs the philandering Lord of the manor, an all round cad who has gambled away the bulk of the wealth of his family's estate. The murder happens in the middle of the famous 'locked room' magic trick originally done by Freddy's father 30 years before. Oldroyd and Steph are in the audience, but are unaware that the whole event is being televised, much to Oldroyd's annoyance. The murder investigation gets underway, with the interviewing of the people in attendance, but murders of two of the estate workers follows, which complicates matters. One or two off the cuff comments get thrown into the equation which gives Oldroyd more clues to both the mystery of the locked room, and the person/s behind the murders.
The book concludes with a very Agatha Christie style ending, with Oldroyd and Steph pointing accusing fingers at each member of his Lordship's family in turn, before revealing whodunit.
There's very little action in these books and the plots are really easy to follow. More cosy Midsummer Murders for instance than DCI Banks or Luther for those TV detective buffs. The chapters could do with being a bit shorter, but other than that they're nice uncomplicated stories. BTW, the descriptions of the Yorkshire countryside are lovely.