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Death of an Old Girl (Pollard & Toye Investigations Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 17 in Pollard & Toye Investigations
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- File size : 2967 KB
- Print length : 283 pages
- Publication date : September 20, 2018
- Publisher : Sapere Books (September 20, 2018)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B07FHK31X8
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #119,131 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nuisance though Beatrice might be, her murder upsets everyone and brings in Scotland Yard. Chief Detective Inspector Pollard looks into every possibility, from the traditional inheritance motive to the chance that the old girl unearthed a dangerous secret.
He spins endless theories to his admiring sidekick Sargent Toye and his very cool wife Jane. The cast of characters includes all sorts of personalities, realistically portrayed.
The mystery is a good one, and the solution turns out to be straightforward. Realism is what characterizes everything about this crime novel. It is absorbing and entertaining and feels as if it could all have happened. At the same time, it has the charm of Golden Age crime novels. I will move forward with this series, for sure.
Meldon School for Girls, founded in the 1880s, is having its annual homecoming and meeting of the Old Meldonian Society. One old girl (alumnus) is Beatrice Bayne’s, who actually lives in a cottage on the school property. She doesn’t like the changes happening at the school, and in between making derogatory comments about the grounds crew and generally throwing her weight around, she’s been looking for an opportunity to get rid of the new art teacher.
Another teacher, who happens to be Baines’ godchild, returns from her mother’s funeral with fire in her eye. She’s desperate to find her godmother. The art teacher isn’t happy with the meddling old girl. Neither is the head of school who’s making so many changes. Baynes seems to have managed to offend just about everyone at the school. And then her body is found stuffed into a puppet theater – the art classroom.
When DCI Pollard and Sergeant Toye show up, they find a multitude of suspects with a number of petty motives – but enough to kill the elderly woman? Pollard and Toye are very different personalities that combine to form a well-balanced team. They painstakingly develop and keep revising a timetable of events, including where and when everyone can be accounted for. After several intense days of investigation, they discover that none of the suspects could really have killed the woman. They know she was killed in the art classroom, and they know the weapon was likely a stone paperweight, now missing. But everyone’s time can be accounted for.
It’s not until Pollard decides to crawl inside the mind of the victim and ask the question, what what she really doing in the art classroom, that light begins to break in the case.
Published in 1967, “Death of an Old Girl” is a well-written tale of everyone can be guilty and no one can be guilty – until some intensive police works identifies the villain.
Top reviews from other countries
The police investigation was thorough and logical . The ending went way beyond the anticipated outcome and at no stage was there anything cozy or even much village like about the book . In some ways it reminded me of Val Mcdermids first crime novel ( that too set in a girls school ) . Whilst not on that level ,it was still a good read at a very fair price and I look forward to trying more in the hope that they maintain the standard and don't ever veer to the cozy word !
The style of writing is a little dated in certain sections of the novel, but the book has not been written recently so that is to be expected.
Not sure I really thought much of the Police characters thought they needed a bit more ummph!! nowhere near as eccentric as Christies Poirot & Miss Marple.
I will be reading the next one in the series.
As this is the first in a long series there is ample opportunity for the central police characters to be developed. If this was envisaged when the writer began, it might make sense not to draw them to fully here, but instead to show them as 'new' people in the lives of those involved in the case as they would have seen them. There is just enough of Pollard's home life given to spark further interest for future books.