A killer of a crossword draws Inspector Tibbett into a mystery with “considerable charm, atmosphere (an Isle of Wight travelogue), and English geniality” (Kirkus Reviews).
It’s a slow day at Scotland Yard, so Inspector Henry Tibbett takes a busman’s holiday, immersing himself in the world of puzzling puzzlers. The hijinks kick off with an amusing gift: Someone unnamed has sent Henry the beginnings of a crossword puzzle. Even more mysterious: The clues point to the group of mystery writers to whom Henry has pledged to give a presentation. Most mysterious of all: None of the writers are who they claim to be, and one is a murderer. Which one? For that you’ll need to solve the puzzle. Six across and then down, down, down.
Praise for Patricia Moyes
“The author who put the ‘who’ back in whodunit.” —Chicago Daily News
“A new queen of crime . . . her name can be mentioned in the same breath as Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh.” —Daily Herald
“An excellent detective novel in the best British tradition. Superbly handled.” —Columbus Dispatch
“Intricate plots, ingenious murders, and skillfully drawn, often hilarious, characters distinguish Patricia Moyes’ writing.” —Mystery Scene