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Smallbone Deceased Paperback – December 1, 2008
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Enter Inspector Hazlerigg and his colleagues, who request Bohun's assistance with inside intelligence. It is apparent that the murder was an inside job, leaving as suspects six lawyers, five secretaries and three staff members.
Like many traditional mysteries of its time, SMALLBONE DECEASED is a "fair play" story. All the clues are provided and the painstaking reader can have a good notion of whodunnit and how. Gilbert provides a drawing of the offices, details about schedules, alibis, habits and clue-laden conversations. Hazlerigg's investigation and Bohun's intelligence gleaned from his work and contacts with his colleagues each provide pieces of the puzzle.
Unlike most modern mysteries, this is a short book without a great deal of detailed character development. This is not to say that the characters are cardboard cutouts. Gilbert provides a few details that, together with conversations, allow the reader to use his or her own imagination to picture the individuals easily.
Gilbert's writing style is dryly humorous.Read more ›
Originally published in 1950.
You suspect the author is a lawyer, which he is, as he has such a facile command of terms and procedures which adds to the authentic feel of the book. There's not a lot of action, but I didn't mind. I just love reading British repartee. The building on the cover of this book is where some of the action takes place, so the setting is wonderful, too.
This book is listed as one of the British Crime Writer's top 100 mystery novels. I enjoyed it, and read it due to other reviewer's recommendations here. The clues were there to ferret out the murderer, but I just sat back and enjoyed reading how the detectives did it.
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What a delectable setting for murder: a dry-as-dust law office where records are kept with meticulous care and aristocrats are among the select clientele. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patto
The pace was a bit slow, but I enjoyed the plot and the characters inhabiting this book. As befitting an English mystery set mainly in a law office, the humor was dry.Published on September 3, 2013 by Henry J. Ricardo