Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bats in the Belfry by E.C.R Lorac

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Bats in the Belfry
by E.C.R Lorac

ISBN-13: 9781464209659
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Released: May 2, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description from NetGalley:
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. Inspector Macdonald must uncover Bruce's secrets, and find out the identity of his mysterious blackmailer.

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

My Review:
Bats in the Belfry is a mystery set in England that was published in 1937. The detective in this story had a lot of confusing clues to sort through. Finding the body was difficult, then identifying the deceased was nearly impossible. Who killed whom? When the detective's solution turns out to be correct, he starts to second-guess himself. Some things just don't seem to fit. Is his initial solution correct or is someone leading him along?

The main characters were interesting. I was able to guess whodunit, but like the detective, I wasn't completely sure until the very end. There was a fair amount of bad language. There were no sex scenes. Overall, I would recommend this complex and interesting mystery.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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