nb the beast must die

I am going to kill a man. I don’t know his name, I don’t know where he lives, I have no idea what he looks like. But I am going to find him and kill him…

What do you do when you plan a murder then, inexplicably, your victim turns up dead, and not by your hand?

Respected crime writer Frank Cairns is plotting the perfect murder of George Rattery, the hit-and-run driver who killed his young son, but when his intended victim is found dead and Cairns becomes the prime suspect, the author insists he has been framed.

Pleading his innocence, an old friend calls in private detective Nigel Strangeways to help prove that Cairns has been framed. Strangeways must unravel a fiendishly plotted mystery if he is to discover what really happened to George Rattery.

The Nigel Strangeways Mysteries, are one of the classic mystery series dating back to the 1930’s through to the authors death.

Although I found it a bit slow going at first, it did pick up its pace, with plenty of twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the end.

With a good set of characters, well plotted and written, these classic mysteries are well worth reading, as most of these authors, are the writers that set the standards of todays modern mysteries.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Ipso Books/crime Classics and downloaded via NetGalley.

4 Stars****

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