Saturday, April 29, 2017
Unholy Dying - R. T. Campbell
This is the last book of the month. I read another of R. T. Campbell's mysteries a while ago, Bodies in a Bookshop. I enjoyed that one, but I thought this one dragged.
There are two murders, both rather close to the beginning of the book, both by cyanide. Both occur off the page, so there's very little action involved in either. After the murders, Professor John Stubbs, a botanist, proceeds to puzzle out the solution, again, with very little action. For me, that's a lot of not doing much, a lot of talking and thinking. Because the murders take place at a scientific conference, almost anyone could be the murderer.
The characters are different in this book, except for Stubbs, the loud, portly amateur detective who likes his pint. There's still humor, though. The author references several well-known mystery writers, like Edgar Wallace and Agatha Christie, in passing, joking about fictional detectives.
Of the two R. T. Campbell books I've read, I prefer Bodies in a Bookshop, maybe because it starts in a bookshop.