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I read a review from someone who gave this one away (without the Spoiler Alert tag!) so I knew from the start whodunit. So here we go: Spoiler Alert. The rest of this review gives things away!
Sigh. I read it, therefore, to see if one could guess the outcome from the clues. I'm sure it would have been harder to guess when this book was written, but today...oh, it was so obvious!
That being said, I was expecting worse. Yes, there were a few digs at homosexuals being "not normal" and even mentally unbalanced, but it wasn't overplayed. And bear in mind, at the time homosexuality was still considered a mental illness. And Queen does seem to blur the lines, equating homosexuality with transvestitism. Not all queers, Queen, like to dress in women's clothes!
I was pleasantly surprised that we returned to Wrightsville for this caper. And Mark Peckham still is my favorite Queen reader. His Inspector Queen is wonderful! And, like I said, I was expecting the story to be much worse from what I'd read. Still...not my favorite Queen, by a long shot.
A superb mystery placed back in Wrightsville. Interesting and exaggerated characters. A who done it that will keep you guessing until the last chapter.