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A Fun Crime Read
on 22 August 2017
If Charles Dickens had had the idea to create a purely Sherlock Holmes character, then Sidney Grice would have probably been it. Narrated by the young Miss March Middleton who is invited by Mr Grice to take up residence with him in London as his ward so she travels to his home, where Grice hopes to repay the very great favour her father did for him – although she is not told what this is.
And so March finds herself involved with his latest case, as she pays for him to investigate the murder of a woman by her supposed husband. Not a private detective, but as he says a personal detective so the game is afoot, but it most definitely looks as if the person arrested for murder is the correct person, despite the many naysayers. After all the evidence doesn’t show that anyone else could have committed the crime.
With more than a few nods towards Sherlock Holmes we also have a brief appearance by Conan Doyle in this book. With a tale of mystery and murder this is quite original and with plenty of humour. Grice, although honest is avaricious, a snob, not very sociable and really not that pleasant a person. Often helping the police he is acquainted with Inspector Pound although they cannot really be called friends as Grice has none.
There are some great characters here although to be honest with regards to the mystery you should have an inkling of what is happening long before the great detective. In a story that twists and turns this has a lot to offer readers, especially if you want a crime novel a little bit different and quirky. Miss Middleton stands out here though as the only really sensible character although one who is often looked down upon by others because she is a woman.
In all this makes for a very good piece of escapism where you find yourself chuckling along whilst you race towards the finish.