Thursday, April 19, 2018

Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R Lorac, Martin Edwards

Inspector Macdonald starts with a missing person's case which quickly turns into murder...

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.

As he checks into the case, it becomes more disturbing.  They are a married couple but they each have lovers.  She has the money since his book sales have dried up and he doesn't want a divorce.  They live in the same house but don't sleep in the same bed.  Did he skip town?  Did he run away with his lover; that's doubtful because he'd lose the money he freely spends.  So where did he go?

Then there's the man that he's been having trouble with.  His wife has hired that man to prove her husband has a lover so she can divorce him.  They can't find him either.  

They interview the man who was the missing man's friend and the man that wants to marry the young woman who was under guardianship by the missing man.  There are plenty of reasons someone might want to kill someone and many of them are in this equation but they haven't found the missing man.  When they do find a body, its missing it's head and hands and anything that would identify it.  Is it him or the man that was threatening him?

This is a complex mystery that read well and was satisfying to follow.  I really liked the ironic ending.  It was all for naught.  Serves them right... 

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