My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I've been, along with Mom, culling out very old mystery series and rereading before donating. I'm beginning to think I should skip the rereading point. Either the first three attempts at this were just bad luck or you really can't go home again, I'm not sure which. I do like Richard Jury. This one however is barely a 2.5 stars. It was dull and the ending awful.
Two murders little more than a year apart, two women strangled with their scarves, are the cases connected or mere murders of convenience, Jury, Macalvie and Wiggans have to look at the Devon and London murders and decide that very thing.
Honestly outside of just doing a series of interviews, there isn't much investigating in this. When I read this back in college in the 80's, I probably liked it but now not so much since literally nothing much happens for three hundred pages (and naturally being published in 1986, it predates DNA and that sort of forensics). Worse, I haven't read or see a Richard Jury mystery in ages. I totally forgot Melrose Plant was his friend but figured he had to be. This book is broken into parts and part two is nothing but Melrose for ninety pages and I was totally lost/bored by that.
While the motive for the killings was interesting, there could have been a lot of trimming of this to make it move better. I don't want to spoil the ending but it was just plain awful, exactly the sort of ending I hate in a mystery so that was disappointing as well.
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