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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.

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Why isn’t Christianna Brand a household name?

Ok, so she didn’t write upwards of 100 novels and short story collections like Christie. Nor did she create (so far as I can see) memorable sleuths like Conan Doyle, Christie, Sayers, Allingham and Marsh. Bereft of witty banter or endearing quirks, Inspector Cockrill is, if anything, far less interesting than the suspects he investigates. Yet, while admitting all that (as well as the fact that this is only the second Brand mystery I’ve heard) I find her characters and situations engaging, her plots intriguing, her sense of suspense unnerving, and her humor—that most important component of a Golden Age mystery—razor sharp. True, for the most part it all comes from Brand the narrator, not the banter of detectives or the wryness of suspects. And, even more true, there is far too much dialogue, far too little action for modern tastes. But I’ve seldom shared modern tastes; Brand delivers what I want out of a mystery: ingenious deductions and a towering “Ah-ha!” at the end. David Thorpe also delivers here, though his voices do tend to get mixed from time to time.

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A roller coaster ride of varying speeds

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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Sit and Listen!

I liked it! I reviewed it! See it anywhere?.. I can't find. Where do reviews go?? Why is it having me do it again¿?????