I really like the old golden age of British mysteries stories and appreciate finding them for Kindle. I like Chief Inspector Pointer very much and can understand why he was so popular when the mysteries first came out. To move forward to the present, however, I would like to know who proofs the books for Kindle usage. There are way too many grammatical and spelling errors in this book. In one chapter heading the main character's name is misspelled. That is not fair to the author nor to the reader. Obviously this became an irritation while I was trying to read this rather complicated and interesting plot. Ignore it if you can and enjoy the story.
If you thoroughly enjoy manor house mysteries with a 1930s style detective who solves the murder by eliminating all other possibilities and you find the slow break-up of the British class system between the wars interesting, then the Chief Inspector Pointer's series is tailor made for you. Start with Beechcroft, then follow Pointer into a hotel murder and into France in subsequent books. The author prefers to have a discrete love interest alongside the main plot, but Pointer is not distracted. Seems quaint in relation to CSI and Bones, but historically accurate.
This the first Inspector Pointer book I have read. The story is an involving murder mystery, but it sometimes drags which slows the story down. The action picks up when Inspector Pointer enters the case, but I would have preferred he entered earlier. All in all it is a good read. I enjoyed it enough to buy another Inspector Pointer mystery, The Eames-Erskine Case, in which Pointer comes is involved from the beginning.
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