My rating: 4 Stars
What does the death of a young man on a fair ride have to do with an impending divorce of an unhappy couple? I was scratching my head for just a minute or two wondering that very thing. Basically, the story begins with what would seem to most an exciting space ride at a fair. The story makes what appears a sharp right turn to the unhappy marriage of David and Julia Harton. Divorce is on the horizon, but perhaps there is a better way out for Julia?
When Julia is approached by a Mortimer Rothermere of the Happy Endings Agency with a plan as to how she can come about a divorce, with a sizable settlement. Despite how unorthodox Mortimer's plan is, she begins to see that it just may work. The problem is, Mortimer is a con artist of the highest ilk.
Having recently become a fan to Colin Watson's work, it was quite pleasurable to see Inspector Purbright hard at work to expose the actual cause of death of the young man. Purbright is quite intelligent, and brings things together quite nicely. As always when reading one of these novels in this series, there is quite a bit of humor and intrigue. What a delight it is to have Miss Lucilla Teatime as part of this story as well. There are twelve books in this series.
Many thanks to Farrago and to NetGalley for this ARC to review.
Date of publication: June 14, 2018; Originally published in 1977.