Amos Petrie's Puzzle: An Amos Petrie Mystery (Black Heath Classic Crime) - Turner Publishing Company

“WHO comes next?” asked the Inspector as the door closed behind Lady Belden. “Our last witness was not an entire success, was she?”
“Very curious, Ripple. It has given me quite a lot to think about. Now I think we will try that little woman—the one with the saucer-shaped eyes, boat-shaped mouth, hair like a shampoo advertisement, red paint on nails that are too long, feet like a geisha girl, and a simpering air that covers a quantity of confidence and brazen nerve. What is her name?”
“You mean Sadie Melsa, the film star.”
“One of those who make the sunshine jealous, and the flower droop its head, cause palpitation in the breast of the cashier every time he pays the salary, and regard all the world as a stage and all the men as merely payers.”

This is not much of a review. I’ve been browsing my shelves and came across Amos Petrie’s Puzzle. Apparently, I read this a few months ago.

I say “apparently”, because I remember nothing about it. Zilch. So, I took a look inside the book to see if anything would eventually remind me of the plot, and all I could be stirred to remember is:

There was a pond.
There was a murder.

But neither the motive, nor the method, nor the investigation made a lot of sense to me.

So, yes, this is not much of a review, it’s more of a note to myself to say that this has been the weakest offering in the series so far.
Thankfully, I already know that the series is not going downhill from here because this was only Book #3, and the book that got me hooked on the series in the first place was Book #7.

Let’s see what Book #4 has to offer.

Series – Amos Petrie:

Death Must Have Laughed (1932) – 3.5*

Who Spoke Last? (1932) – 4*

Amos Petrie’s Puzzle (1933) – 2*

Murder – Nine and Out (1934) – TBR

Death Joins the Party (1935) – TBR

Homicide Haven (1935) – TBR

Below the Clock (1936) – 4*

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