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The world of theatre is a graveyard of hopes and dreams – but someone is adding corpses to the list…

Classic, golden age crime from ‘The masters of misdirection’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘Delicious … an enormously engaging old-school mystery’ BOOKLIST, starred review

Life is far from quiet for Mr and Mrs North. Despite Mr North’s attempts to live a peaceful life, Mrs North’s constant efforts as an amateur detective give them more than enough excitement – and not a little danger.

So when the wealthy backer of a play is found dead in the seats of a New York theatre, the Norths aren’t far behind, led by Mrs North’s customary flair for eccentric murders. Alongside Lieutenant William Weigand of the New York Police Department, they’ll employ illogical logic and bizarrely tangential suggestions to draw the curtains on a killer.

Reviews

Masters of misdirection
NEW YORK TIMES
Delicious ... an enormously engaging old-school mystery
BOOKLIST starred review
The biggest selling points are the story's rapid pace ... and the unguessable but eminently logical motive, by far the most striking piece of this retro puzzle
KIRKUS
Among the smoothest of the old professionals
Anthony Boucher, ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE