The Three Taps is the first of Ronald Knox’s detective stories to feature private investigator Miles Bredon. In this case, Miles is sent by his employer - the appropriately named Incredible Insurance Company - to investigate the death of Mr. Mottram, who recently took out one of their so-called Euthanasia policies.
The victim was clearly gassed; but whether it was an accident or planned is a matter for some debate. While Miles focuses on suicide, his old wartime colleague Inspector Leyland feels that murder is more likely, so the two men - ably assisted by Miles’ wife Angela - puzzle out the problem together.
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"Too pedantic and stylised for me."
I bought this book based upon the reviews that I read here. I like murder mysteries that have good plot and good characterisation and I am fairly open to different styles, settings and contexts, so I thought that I would take a risk and buy the download. It could have been like Dorothy L. Sayers or Agatha Christie… but it was not. I listened to about half of the story, but it was just not for me and I do not expect to finish it.
I had not come across Knox before and I was intrigued to discover whether the book was written by a modern author, harking back to bygone days, or one who was writing in the early part of the twentieth century. So, I looked up Ronald Knox on the Internet. I discovered he was born in 1888 and from a fairly privileged background. He became an
academic/churchman and had wide-ranging interests. He published many works on a range of topics. The Wikipedia entry alone has tempted me to read a biography about him. However, in this book I found Knox’s prose rather pedantic, convoluted and of its time. The novel clearly has merit, but it is just not for me. I recommend that you listen to a sample before buying.
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