A very disappointing book. The main character is straight out of a Sherlock book but far less convincing as a savant. The cops call on him immediately after a murder. He appears to have solved one crime yet he gets carte blanche from the locals. He even has a sidekick like Sherlock. The characters are not complicated, and therefore, not interesting. A very stereotyped UK group. I was kind of hoping the bad guy would win - not a good sign. Luckily it's very short or I would have deleted it. Note his other books have not exactly been highly rated either, something that I missed prior to selecting it.
I know exactly how Ellis Flint felt when he was kept on hold for such a long time! However, he did get through to the host and they did decide to visit the Old Rectory. The rest, as they say, is history - or, at least, his story. Enter D.I. Kempston Hardwick (the D.I. does not stand for Detective Inspector but Dagwood Isambard) and Ellis Flint who again team up (upon the request of the local police) to find the murderer – not at the Old Rectory, but at Westerlea House AND in a locked room (which I figured out in Chapter 7) because "We should not assume...that just because something is unexplainable by us it is unexplainable." Neal A. Maxwell . Oops!!! I assumed and you know what happens then? I had the correct parts of the puzzle but put them together incorrectly. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to those who like to outsmart the officials. I want to thank Adam Croft for sending me his free started library.
In the town of Tollinghill, Oscar Whitehouse, while on TV, predicts his own death. Hours later, he is found murdered. Amatuer detective Kempston Hardwick takes on the investigation and learns the quaint town is caught up in jealousy, revenge, and murder. Another murder takes place ... and Oscar Whitehouse is spotted at the scene!! A great British crime story by popular author Adam Croft. His stories always entice me.
A fast, enjoyable, couple of hours read, by a good author. A mystery in the vein of Sherlock Holmes. The characters fairly well developed. Good plot, good characters, expected twists before the end. That said, it's a bit of a stretch for 2 characters known to each other so briefly to again come together & investigate a murder.
Adam never fails to deliver with this his sequel to Exit Stage Left ,the interaction between Kempston Hardwick and his assistant (of sorts )Ellis Flint along with the other characters is great. The plot the murder of TV Physic Oscar Whitehouse behind a locked door has more twist and turns than the "Big one "in Blackpool and races along almost as fast A great read for all one of the best books I have read this year