"Cleverly designed British procedural"
In spite of properly casing the joint and doing
everything in accordance with the break and enter handbook,
George "Geordie" McCulloch selects the wrong apartment to
burglarize. He enters the abode of Professor Roger Harvey
only to find the occupant's corpse lying in bed. Doing the
right thing, Geordie calls the police though being a Good
Samaritan probably means the two-time loser will be doing
On the surface, the professor seems to have no
enemies. He lived for his work though he seemed to set
aside plenty of time for the ladies. As the Crowley police
dig deeper into the academic's life, they begin to find
many secrets that the professor hid, one of which one must
have led to his murder.
To this reviewer, a cleverly designed British
procedural is always fun to read because of the comparisons
with the American judicial system. In his debut, Iain
McDowell provides sub-genre fans with a creative tale
filled with legitimate red herrings that encourages the
reader to guess who did it. Readers will remain on the
look out for more novels from this new talent.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2001