Review by Brenda Repland
This may roughly be referred to as a “parlor mystery,” as all the suspects are in one place at the time of the murder.
The very first of Margery Allingham’s mysteries, this was written in 1927 as a serial for the Daily Express. The tempo and mood follow that period and serve to enhance the story.
Eric Crowther may have been the most hated man in England. Having studied “mental science” on the continent, he became a practicing sadist of psychological terror. His hold over his victims made for a long list of suspects when he is murdered in his own home.
Chief Inspector Challoner of Scotland Yard and his son, Jerry, will have to examine each one’s history for a clue as to who actually pulled the trigger. This won’t be easy as societal norms insist on secrets being kept.
A delightful mystery for an afternoon.