Meet Inspector George Bartlett and Constable Archibald Boase in their first investigation together.
In the closing months of 1921, Bartlett and Boase have a missing girl on their Falmouth patch. Before long they find themselves drawn into a murder investigation when another girl is found dead on a local beach. We meet the Pengelly family, unwittingly drawn in through their daughter's involvement with the prime murder suspect, and find ourselves involved in mysterious goings-on at Penvale Manor.
Deception and disguise come together in the final spectacular and surprising showdown when the killer is revealed.
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- Ms Peach
Meh... ok as far as it goes
The title characters are incredibly credulous and don't seem to do much investigating. They don't do simple things like show a photo of a missing person to the person they are questioning about her. They seem to lack knowledge of basic investigative techniques. If you are ok with this, the rest of the book is fine.
The time period is one of my favorites (1920's). The detectives' lack of investigation is the least interesting. There seems to be quite a bit of description of how much the constable eats that could have been spent fleshing out the investigation.
I haven't heard anything by Allen, but he does a fine job with the accents and characters. He made the story more interesting.