I read the first 2 books in the series and they were somewhat similar to what Tey might have written. This one is grim, dark and really unpleasant--if you don't really want to Go There. The murder was grisly, the subject a real downer. I felt betrayed. If you like modern, gory violence this is your book.
If you like classic mysteries, run fast in the opposite direction.
The view of working-class London is predictably grim, but the story has no uplifting moments. I read for entertainment and escape, and this one didn't work for me. Absolutely no humor.
No Appleby--except for a couple of references: "What would Appleby do" (WWAD?) But it's full of Innes's humor, red herrings, great characters, elaborate summation and satisfying victims and solution(s). It is told from the point of view of 2 different people, and the 2 readers were splendid.
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