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The Dying Alderman

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At a meeting of Quenborough Borough Council, the Mayor, Sir John Assington, is accused by Alderman Trant of wasting money and turning a blind eye to speculators on the make.

Then Trant is stabbed with his own knife, and while dying, manages to scratch the initials 'MA' on a piece of paper.

Local Chief Constable Race is on the case. He is new to the force, so Superintendent

Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by Orion (first published 1930)
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May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wades fourth detective novel, The Dying Alderman (1930), superbly manages the difficult task of meshing a finely-wrought murder puzzle with realistic police procedure, well-drawn characters and serious themes.The Passing Tramp blog 01/02/2012.

Curtis Evans neatly sums up exactly how I feel about this excellent novel. Henry Wades work is vastly underrated and deserves to be more widely-read.It has freshness and appeal sadly lacking in many other books of the same vintage.

Here the newly-
Carol Evans
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The Dying Alderman is a well-plotted mystery with characters who are nuanced and believable. There are three cops working the case, Race who is new to the job, Vorley who is steeped in local gossip and prejudices, and Lott, the outsider who can be a bit heavy-handed in his questioning of suspects. Each of the men brings something to the plate. My favorite was Race, but Lott's goading of Vorley is rather amusing at times. Lott and Vorley are focussed on two different suspects and each seems ...more
Trant never joined the other aldermen of Quenborough in their traditional tea break; he preferred to stay in the meeting room and work on his papers. And that's where he was found stabbed to death. There were several people around, including the inexperienced chief constable Race, but only a very short time span during which the murder must have taken place. Considering the importance of the victim and the suspects, Race calls in Scotland Yard.
Jack Heath
Synopsis: at a meeting of Council, the Mayor is accused by Alderman Trant of wasting money. Later Trant is stabbed. He scratches out: MA.
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Henry Wade was a pen-name of Sir Henry Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher, 6th Baronet.

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