Famous solo violinist Lucy Carless is making a guest appearance with the provincial Markshire Orchestra, only to be found strangled with a silk stocking part-way through the concert.
Everyone in the orchestra had access to the scene of the crime, and the police officer in charge, Inspector Trimble, has no idea where to start.
Luckily retired barrister and amateur detective Francis Pettigrew has been acting as an honorary treasurer to the Markshire Orchestral Society, and he is soon on his way to finding the murderer.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 07/05/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780571245772
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Review by Eyejaybee
Another well-crafted murder mystery by Cyril Hare, once again featuring retired barrister Frank Pettigrew.As this novel begins Pettigrew has been cajoled into service as Honorary Treasure of the Markhampton Music Society, which is planning its regular autumn concert. Almost predictably, one of the guest soloists is murdered, and Pettigrew becomes embroiled into the ensuing investigation.As with his previous novels, "Tragedy at Law", "With a Bare Bodkin" and "Untimely Death" the plot is watertight and the characters utterly plausible. However, Hare's humour still shines through.