A Manhattan doctor dies of unnatural causes in this sophisticated mystery starring a sleuthing husband and wife.
Dr. Andrew Gordon is an orderly man, and the women who work in his office can predict his movements as regularly as clockwork. So when Grace Spencer enters his office, she expects him to look up and smile, as he does every time she walks in. But this time he doesn’t raise his head. Dr. Gordon is dead. Though he was bludgeoned in his office, just a few feet from where his nurses were working, no one was seen entering or leaving. It’s an impossible murder, and it will take more than a doctor to stop this kind of sickness.
Pamela North spots Lt. William Weigand on his way to the crime scene, and she can’t resist tagging along. The doctor’s death is no medical mystery, but this case will be solved thanks to one of the great marvels of the twentieth century: the collective minds of Mr. and Mrs. North.
Death of a Tall Man is the 9th book in the Mr. and Mrs. North Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
This book is not up to the standard of the previous books in the series. The writing is uneven, and the exposition irritatingly slow in some ways. Reading it was a bit of a chore. On the plus side, the sentence structure is generally simpler, and there are fewer obscure and/or dated expressions. But the worst aspect was the plot: it was too convoluted and the solution seemed inconsistent with my recollection of the timeline presented in the story (but I lack the desire to search for the relevant passages to verify that impression). And there were a lot of loose ends. Not a terrible book, but not the best in the series.