Classic at Bay
Jack Colby, car detective, is commissioned to buy a ‘dream’ car from an earl, but finds himself racing into serious danger.
The once-notorious cabaret singer Adora Ferne guards a private treasure trove of twelve classic Jaguar cars, but hankers over the one that is missing. Enter Jack Colby: Adora’s manager Danny Carter has commissioned him to buy the thirteenth dream car from its owner, the Earl of Storrington.
When a murder follows the earl’s rejection of an offer, Jack is determined to find out whether there is a link between that and the twelve Jaguars. But the path to the killer divides: does the truth lie amongst the secrets of Adora’s past or much closer to home? Speeding along the route he’s certain will lead to the answer, Jack rushes headlong into danger.
Vintage car buffs will best appreciate Myers's pedestrian eighth outing for British car detective Jack Colby (after 2015's Classic in the Dock). Adora Ferne, a London cabaret singer who was notorious in the 1960s, wants to acquire one more classic Jaguar for her collection (she already has 12). Jack is prepared to broker the sale with the Earl of Storrington, the owner of the vehicle Adora covets. When the manager of Adora's Jaguar collection is murdered shortly after the earl rejects her offer, Jack sets out to find a killer and a motive. He uncovers a close-knit group of Adora's former and current admirers, as well as secrets surrounding the mysterious death of her fianc 50 years before in 1964. Jack interviews many briefly sketched people about events that occurred at that time as he drives around the Kent countryside, but multiple points of view do little to quicken the pace or heighten the tension.