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Who is Simon Warwick?, Patricia Moyes 10 July 2023

1978 mystery, fourteenth in the series about Superintendent Henry Tibbett. Just before Lord Charlton dies, he decides to leave his company and fortune to his nephew Simon, thought by most to have died as a baby in the Blitz but secretly adopted by an American officer and his English wife. It's been a while, information has been lost, and two plausible claimants appear. But then one of them is murdered…

The other claimant is an obvious suspect; but there are also people who've been expecting to be involved in the running of the foundation, or to take over the company themselves, and they too have motives.

Things ebb and flow, with some hidden information, and various people turning out to be other than what they claim. It's a slight book for most of its length, but then drops a bomb which would be mildly contentious even now, and I'm sure put off a lot of stereotypical old-fashioned mystery readers when the book was published.

An awful lot rests on that revelation, which I shan't spoil; and although it's well handled I suspect I shan't be in a hurry to re-read this book, because the rest of the book definitely takes a second place to it, but as always with Moyes it's a solid piece and well worth reading.

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  1. Posted by Rand Brittain at 07:20pm on 10 July 2023

    Yeah, this is one of those books that's hard to recommend because you can't really explain why.

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