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Bruce Attleton dazzled London’s literary scene with his first two novels, but his early promise did not bear fruit. His wife, Sybilla, is a glittering actress, unforgiving of Bruce’s failure, and the couple lead separate lives in their house at Regent’s Park. 

When Bruce is called away on a sudden trip to Paris, he vanishes completely until his suitcase and passport are found in a sinister artist’s studio, the Belfry, in a crumbling house in Notting Hill, and Inspector Macdonald must uncover Bruce’s secrets. 

This intricate mystery from a classic writer is set in a superbly evoked London of the 1930s.

©2018 Estate of E.C.R. Lorac (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • twigs way
  • 08-18-18

unbelievable story, inappropriate narration

Although many 'classic' detective novels are to a degree unbeleivable, this was ridiculously so. The plot far too convoluted, the characters simply pastiches, and the solution totally ludicrous. I like David Thopre as a narrator usually but here he sounded far far too cheerful and 'chirpy' when describing deaths and mutilations. I listened to the whole thing but only because I had a long drive and nothing else to listen to. Even then I almost just turned it off!! It came on the heels of listening to Edmund Crispin - and the contrast between this silliness and Crispin's well-written and witty Gervase Fenn could not have been greater!!!

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  • Ian1956
  • 08-17-18

Old fashioned whodunnit

If you like your murder mysteries in the Agatha Christie mould, then this is for you. No particular depth to the characters, who seem two-dimensional stereotypes, but there are enough twists to keep your attention. A few non-PC turns of phrase, but that was the style of the day. I thought I'd guessed the ending from quite a way back, but I was mistaken. So, well done E C R Lorac.

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