Murder Takes a Turn

Severn House. (Langham & Dupré, Bk. 5). Jul. 2018. 208p. ISBN 9780727887818. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781780109596. M
When Charles Elder receives an invitation from his childhood friend, now best-selling author Denbigh Connaught, asking him to come to his house in Cornwall so he can apologize for the past, Charles is devastated. He confides in his business partner, literary agent Maria Dupré, who agrees to accompany him with her husband, Donald Langham, an author and part-time private detective. The reclusive Denbigh, dislikable as ever, shuts himself up in his study, and to no one's surprise is found murdered. Of the guests invited to Connaught House, only Maria and Donald lack a motive, so Donald urges an old friend from Scotland Yard to take the case.
VERDICT Despite a few clichés, this latest series outing, set in the 1950s (after Murder Take Three), offers an entertaining locked-room mystery with an ingenious murder device that will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and other Golden Age crime fiction.
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