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The Man That Got Away

(Constable Twitten #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  36 reviews
In the second instalment of Lynne Truss's joyfully quirky crime series, our trio of detectives must investigate the murder of a hapless romantic; an aristocratic con man on the prowl; and a dodgy Brighton nightspot...

It is summer in Brighton and the Brighton Belles are on hand to answer any holidaymaker's queries, no matter how big or small. The quickest way to the station, h
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
The second book in this light hearted crime series set in Brighton, England in the late 1950's. The enthusiastic Constable Twitten returns to irritate the lazy Inspector Steine with his determination to actually solve crimes.

These books are very, very English and I think you may need to be above a certain age and born in the UK to really appreciate all of the references and witticisms. However there is still lots of fun to be had by any reader as Twitten continues to try and convince
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I wish to thank NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me with an ARC in return for an honest review. I regret that I had difficulty maintaining interest in this book. I usually enjoy quirky characters, humour and mystery, and am sorry that this didn't work for me.

The language and witticisms belonged to Britain of the 1950s and the references were sometimes lost on me. I put effort into checking out unfamiliar words and names. Jumping from one clever witty passage to anoth
Maine Colonial
I read Truss’s first Constable Twitten mystery, but it wasn’t until I read this one that I realized she appears to be writing an homage to Colin Watson’s Flaxborough detective novels published from the late 50s to the early 80s. Both series feature an Inspector who is a decent man but who has at least a couple of dozen IQ points fewer than his underlings, and a conwoman hiding in plain sight of the police force. The Man That Got Away even has a bit of background plot about a matchmaking con, whi ...more
Diane Hernandez
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
You don’t have to have lived in the 1950s to enjoy The Man that got Away. However, it is eminently easier to understand if you’re from England.

There is a murder, a con man, and a criminal mastermind in Brighton, a beach town on the English coast in1957. Only young Constable Twitten has a chance to solve the crime if his bungling co-workers don’t stop him.

I read many British mysteries. But this series continues to confuse me with Briticisms and product names available only
Suraj Kumar
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The Man That Got Away is an amusing crime thriller featuring the very delightful Constable Twitten. Set in Brighton in 1957, this is a work with a very intricately woven plot that keeps one engrossed till the very end. At the center of investigation are the owners of a local nightclub and Mrs Groynes, the charlady at the police station. While she is in everyone’s good books, Twitten knows that she is a criminal mastermind.

The girl of the owners of the nightclub had planned to run awa
Bruin Mccon
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Man That Got Away is a 2019 parody whodunit whose title comes from a Judy Garland song.

Set in Britain, it could almost be a noir mystery given some of the dialogue, although there were plenty of corny characters that would have no place with the jaded cast of a true old time detective novel. There’s also the minor fact that the book is clearly meant to be laugh-out-loud funny, which it is. It’s a comedic mystery.

“Weedy Petey” is murdered and a bumbling group of keystone cops nearly
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summer 1957, and life in the Brighton Constabulary is pretty much normal. Constable Twitten is trying to convince his superiors that the station charlady is a murderous master criminal. The Maison du Wax is begging Inspector Steine to sit for a mannequin of himself, for the small donation of thirty-five pounds 10 shillings. Sergeant Brunswick is going undercover as a trumpet player in the Black Cat night club to observe nefarious goings-on. Oh, and a young man with his throat slit is found sitti ...more
Susan Walker
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read. Love the 1950's setting. The English setting is the topper.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: forget-it
Inspector Steine is too stupid to have even made it through probation. Twitten seems likable, but he is not in the story enough to keep me reading it. I know this takes pace in the 1950s, but it is hared to believe this would have happened back then. It is not funny, it is pathetic. There are too many good books out there for me to waste any more time reading this book.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-modern
Perhaps this was a case of second bookitus but this time around I found the young hero more annoying than funny and the various supporting characters were not much better. Had to laugh at the derogatory comment about Littlehampton though. I’ll decide whether I can recommend after I read the next one.
Unseen Library
Jul 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
For this Waiting on Wednesday I will be looking at a book that I have no doubt will be one of the funniest novels of this year, The Man That Got Away, by Lynne Truss. The Man That Got Away is the second book in the Constable Twitten series, which follows on from last year’s comedic tour-de-force, A Shot in the Dark.

One of the most interesting aspects of the Constable Twitten series is that it is an adaption of Truss’s comedic Inspector Steine radio series. The Inspector Steine series
Krishne Tanneerbavi
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love crime thrillers especially the ones with the most complex plots. This book is set in Brighton in 1957. The character of Constable Twitten was very amusing. After the events of last book Twitten is trying to convince everyone that Mrs Groynes, the police station charlady, is a master criminal.

I don’t want to spoil anything but the amount of people that die and they way they were all connected was horrifying! If you must know, bodies / parts of bodies were discovered in the luggage. You wi
God I love this mystery series! They are so funny and witty and full of word play and twisty turns and just hilarious. Constable Twitten is not feeling much more like he fit in to Brighton than he did in the first book (this one takes place shortly after the first one so that makes sense.) And neither Sergeant Brunswick nor Inspector Steine has gotten a clue in the meantime either. When Twitten accompanies Steine to the local wax museum, which is going to make a terrible replica of their famous ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Colin Watson’s Flaxborough novels will enjoy this romp around the seamier side of Brighton in the late 1950’s.

The second in the Constable Twitten Mystery series is better than the first, although I felt it sagged a little in the middle and had a rather rushed conclusion in which a large number of puzzles were resolved.

The book is rich in characters and in a very English sense of fun. Farce rather than irony rules here, and it will not be to everyone’s taste. The w
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a tour de force of comic caper, dramatic irony and good old fashioned farce. Having read the first in this series I was delighted to get my hands on this. The writing is good and there are laugh out loud moments. We follow once again Constable Twitten who appears to be the only sane voice in the Brighton Constabulary. There are plots and sub plots here that weave themselves into a fine mess before the whole thing is resolved. I love the period details and the whole feel of the books ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate receiving an ARC of this book. I always like to explore the writings of an author new to me.
This is more of a comedy than a mystery, though a few unexpected twists in the plot are intriguing. This is an entertaining book. I enjoyed the bumbling, clueless characters surrounding the newly minted Constable Twitten. His interactions with the clever criminal mastermind Charlady, Mrs. Groynes are the base of the story. Here is where the humor meets the mystery as no one believes her
Karen Parisot
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Brighton Constabulary doesn’t have the most stellar of records due in large part to the ineptitude of one Inspector Steine and the meddling of Mrs. Groynes. The station charlady, Mrs. Groynes, is a criminal mastermind hiding in plain sight. She plies the force with tea and sweets, all while keeping an ear to the ground. Young Constable “Clever Clogs” Twitten is on to Mrs. Groynes, but after a murder in broad daylight they’ll have to put aside their differences in order to catch the killer. ...more
Trish Tomes
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, humor
An astonishing group of characters with names like Wall-Eye, Diamond Tony, Tommy Drumsticks, Vivienne, The Skirt; and ordinary ones like the Bensens, Adelaide Vines, Mrs. Groynes, Peter DuPont, Ben Oliver, reporter, Henry Hastings.
This is 1957 in the English seaside resort town of Brighton. Underneath the cheery resort atmosphere lies the lowlife: swindlers, murderers, thiefs. To keep order, there is the Brighton Constabulary: Inspector Steine, Sgt. Brunswick, and young Constable Twitten.
Nicole Handy
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book via Goodreads Giveaways.

A quite humorous old school caper through the mean English streets of Brighton in the 50's, I found this book to be an easy and enjoyable read. I love detective fiction and am a huge Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fan. The Man That Got Away didn't quite have the cleverness and precision of those authors behind it but it had heart and lots of subtle humor.

The ending was a bit predictable but still solid. The only thing I
Jo-anne Atkinson
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
In the summer in Brighton crime is to the fore. Whilst holidaymakers bask in the sunshine, the Brighton Belles try to lure them to spend money in the attractions and then a young man is found dead in a deckchair. Finding links to a local crime family Constable Twitten is thwarted in his attempts to investigate by his superiors and the police charlady. Twitten knows she is criminal mastermind but no-one believes him.
I found it really hard to engage with this book. Partly because I hadn't re
Jane Schwarz
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This second book in the Constable Twitten mysteries, takes place in Brighton in July, 1957, with holiday seekers enjoying the waters and sights, when the death of a young clerk from the council offices, occurs. Inspector Steine, closes the case saying it was suicide but Twitten realizes that it was murder and sets out to investigate. A very enjoyable and entertaining story with engaging characters, young love, cons and swindlers, petty criminals and undercover government operatives. There are a ...more
Patti Cantrell
I received this book for free as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.

I did not enjoy this book, and left it unfinished 100 pages in. Very little emphasis on actual crime and a whole lot of emphasis on bumbling incompetence and how many '50s Britishisms the author can fit in. Maybe I need to be British to find the humor and references funny? Unsure. Even part of the premise of the mystery, that of an overheard conversation very early on in the book, is ridiculous in its setup. I could not su
Lisa Cobb Sabatini
I won an Advance Reading Copy of The Man Who Got Away by Lynne Truss from Goodreads.

As turns in the plot reveal new connections, twists uncover new crimes in the truly funny mystery, The Man Who Got Away by Lynne Truss. The author is simply masterful as she hints at links and exposes associations, developing a complex plotline that is a tantalizing romp and ultimately satisfying. This whodunit often reads more like a "who is it" as readers will question if anyone is exactly who he se
Noreen Brown
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won a copy from Bloomsbury which was good as I probably wouldn't have tried it.
It is definitely quirky and fun. What an odd group of characters.
I'll have to backtrack and read the first book, A Shot in the Dark, as references to it are also amusing.
The book has several twists and turns that took me by surprise.
It was interesting to read about the differences in the upper class and lower class vocabulary....which made a big difference in one instance.

Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second instalment in this quirky and humorous historical mystery.
I liked it better than the first one as I found the plot more engrossing and it made me laugh more tan once.
The cast of characters is quirky and the fleshed out, the mystery solid and kept me hooked.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Thelma Fountain
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. This is a very entertaining read. The story is a murder but instead of taking us to a really dark place the author manages to include little situations throughout that are humorous and quirky
Julie Witte
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I received a copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads for my honest review. Oh my, I just loved this book! I sat up all night to finish, can't wait to find more by this author. The dry humor, the gullibility of some, and the fast pace all help make this a fun read! Recommended highly.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
A mix between keystone cops, monty python & hercule poirot. Lots of plots intriguingly interwoven with bumbling police too stupid to be believed trying to find criminals far too intelligent to be caught!
Thelma Fountain
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. This is a very entertaining read. The story is a murder but instead of taking us to a really dark place the author manages to include little situations throughout that are humorous and quirky.
Kristin Presley
An enjoyable and funny tongue-in-cheek mystery!
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Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four (rather peculiar) years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper. She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women's Journal ...more

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