A is for Adrian set alight (and Achilles Stock, narrator).
B is for Bellew shot with a bolt (and aesthete Burns, Owen).
C is for connoisseur’s collection of crazy crimes.
Someone is constructing a series of murders which relate to each of the seven ancient wonders of the world, warning the police beforehand each time with a freshly painted cryptic message. Is it someone who has taken a lady’s challenge to kill to prove their love for her to heart? Or is there another reason why this serial killer has embarked on this most singular spree of violence?
The main problem with this book is that the method behind each murder is kept for the end (although in some ways this is necessary) and it would have been good if this could have been spaced out à la The Big Four.
However I enjoyed each of the solutions, particularly that of the fourth murder, and I was most definitely satisfied overall. As with The Invisible Circle some suspension of disbelief is required, but you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride. If as Brad commented these are “two of the worst Paul Halter titles around” then I am definitely looking forward to getting to grips with his best.
What Else I’ve Been Reading Recently
Calamity Town by Ellery Queen – The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen! Very different from the pure puzzle oriented plots of the Nationality Object Mysteries that I have read so far, but that is no bad thing. Ellery has left the city and the Inspector to spend some time writing a novel in the small town of Wrightsville. He soon finds that a murder might be in the offing but try as he might he can’t prevent a tragedy from occurring. The identity of the murderer is no huge surprise but the reasons why the protagonists acted as they did is very illuminating. And there is a lovely final line that rounds the whole thing off deliciously.