Cajoled into auditioning for a local play by the formidable Mrs Dalrymple, Bert Hook finds that amateur dramatics are not quite as he imagined. He meets a rather surprising cast of characters: moody Michael Carey, a talented actor with a big future ahead of him; shoplifter Becky Clegg, who claims she has put her disreputable past behind her; and Jack Dawes, with a history of violent crime. But there is a much bigger surprise in store for Hook. When the play's director is found with his throat slashed, Hook is responsible for uncovering the truth - and fast. Who is innocent, who is just playing a part, and who is rotten to the core?More
"Efficiently written, solidly plotted British procedural that delivers what fans of the genre want....Engaging, enjoyable, and well crafted, this is sure to please fans of Simon Brett's Charles Paris novels, also set in the world of British theater." (Booklist)
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Great Interesting Mystery!
What a find! In the tradition of Ngaio Marsh's theatrical mysteries, this story introduces an amateur theatrical group that harbors a universally hated director and many suspects for his brutal murder. The pleasure of reading this type of mystery is centered on the gradually revelation of different layers of people's character and experience. The narration is perfect, and the story is riveting without being sickeningly gory. Highly recommended for lovers of intelligent British mysteries.