Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Book Review: The Man That Got Away: A Constable Twitten Mystery 2 by Lynne Truss

God I love this mystery series! They are so funny and witty and full of word play and twisty turns and just hilarious. Constable Twitten is not feeling much more like he fit in to Brighton than he did in the first book (this one takes place shortly after the first one so that makes sense.) And neither Sergeant Brunswick nor Inspector Steine has gotten a clue in the meantime either. When Twitten accompanies Steine to the local wax museum, which is going to make a terrible replica of their famous Inspector, he overhears a young couple talking about a murder among other things (they mistake him for a wax figure and talk about their plans right in front of him!) He must of course look into this case, with a body and a missing head. And then there is a man going about town claiming to be a local lord trying to get people to buy gold bars from him for cheap (a brilliantly funny play on modern internet scams). And what does this have to do with the local nightclub (where Brunswick goes undercover as a trumpet player--and is nearly too good) or the police's char-lady's former love, or the man found on the beach with his throat cut, or the strange smells emanating from manholes? Trust that in time, with some luck, some help (not from his colleagues!), and some puzzling-out, Twitten will save the day.

Like the very best, most twisty, and most fun Agatha Christie novels, these mysteries are a true bright spot of beach reading.

This book is published by Bloomsbury, which is distributed by Macmillan, my employer.

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