I picked this up because it was a detective novel set in the 1920s, and on that score it didn't disappoint. The book was entertaining but also occasionally pedantic—do we need to discuss the fee for a telegram in England circa 1920? That being said, ordinarily I would relish this sort of a discussion. The fact that I'm even cognizant (and even disparaging) of these historical quirks is because they broke the narrative rhythm.
Also, part of 'the mystery' in this book was frustratingly obvious. (vi...more