Unnatural Ends

Inkshares. May 2022. 402p. ISBN 9781950301065. pap. $18.99. M
The three adult Linwood children lived in Sir Lawrence Linwood’s shadow, and their father always challenged them. More challenges await them when they return home to Linwood Hall in 1921 for his funeral. They learn Linwood was bludgeoned to death beyond recognition. Each of them had been promised the estate. Instead, the will reads they are to split the estate, unless one of them can find Linwood’s killer, to the satisfaction of the police. The child who can identify the killer will inherit everything. Detective Inspector Clarence Mowbray is not happy that the Linwoods are poking into his investigation. But Alan, Roger, and Caroline, with the help of Roger’s girlfriend Iris, are the only ones who can piece together the truth about their pasts and their father. It’s a puzzle that’s been in the works for a quarter of a century.
VERDICT Like Huang’s A Gentleman’s Murder, his latest mystery is a puzzle worthy of Golden Age detective fiction. Fans of historical mysteries and 1920s novels will welcome this twisted, complex story.
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