Sir Richard's family has spent years waiting for him to die, but despite his weak heart, the old man simply refuses to cooperate. In the meantime, he makes their lives miserable by changing his will every few months, depending on which of his strange brood he favors that moment. Now he calls them together to announce his most diabolical revision yet: complete disinheritance of all the wastrels who bear his name. But he never gets a chance to sign the papers - by morning, he's dead.
Scotland Yard sends Inspector Cockrill, the only detective clever enough to unravel the family's tangle of jealousy and deceit. Each member had reason to kill Sir Richard, but which one plunged the syringe of poison into his heart? With a family this mad, nothing is as complicated as the truth.
©1946 Christianna Brand. (P)2012 HighBridge Company.
"Alone and palely loitering..." listening to a good book!
Christianna Brand is a clever mystery writer and I've read all her books Inspector Cockrill books. Except this one. It's a type of manor house mystery with clues and red herrings which undulate throughout the story. It becomes a roller coaster ride without an off switch.
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