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No Case for the Police (Dr. R.V. Davie #4)

3.25  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
An aging man with a restless young wife. An antique collector with a sinister new acquisition. A married couple with part-time lovers. There was definitely more than met the eye in the tranquil town of Tidwell St. Peter's.

But Dr. Davie, the distinguished profesor with a penchant for puzzles, would find more than impropriety when he probed beneath the respectable facade. he
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1970)
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Apr 11, 2016 Damaskcat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr R V Davie is appointed literary executor to a friend whom he had known since childhood. Going through the voluminous papers after the funeral he finds a few pages written in a notebook which relates to the mysterious death of a neighbour - Adam Merrick.

The police believed it to be an accident but Robert thought there was something odd about it and had written down some thoughts about it. His widow, Irene, wants Davie to destroy the notebook but Davie not unnaturally is curious. It seems he i
Jul 12, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
Dr. Davie is named literary executor for his oldest friend, Sir Robert Cassillis, an eminent man with a much younger wife. He finds among Robert's papers some puzzled notes on the recent death of a neighbor. Davie is irresistibly drawn to the mystery, even though the police have written the death off as an accident. But there are many people who had motivies to kill the neighbor, including Robert's wife.
No Case for the Police by V. C. Clinton-Baddeley is an almost-vintage mystery. First published in 1970, it doesn't quite make my arbitrarily-chosen 1960 cut-off for the genre. But the feel of the mystery is very Golden Age. We have an older amateur sleuth--one Dr. Davie, an Oxford academic with a penchant for solving puzzles. In this particular outing, Dr. Davie is headed back to the village of his youth to attend the funeral of one of his oldest friends. So, there we have the standard British c ...more
Mar 12, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aging man with young wife, antique collector with new aquisition, married couple with part-time lovers, tranquil town, more than meets the eye.
A good read, perhaps not many unexpected twists but at least not endless repetition of clues.
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Oct 28, 2010 Gary Mesick rated it liked it
A pleasant enough mystery in the classic British style.
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V(ictor Vaughan Reynolds Geraint) C(linton) Clinton-Baddeley was born in Devon, England. He received an M.A. in history from Jesus College, Cambridge. For a time he was editor of the modern history section of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but soon turned to theatre and acting and then to radio, where he worked with W. B. Yeats as his poetry reader. His previous writings include works of literary a ...more
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