A case with too many suspects threatens to unsettle even suave, unruffled Inspector Roper in the latest of Hart's estimable British procedurals. When rich Stella Pumfrey is killed in a fall, Roper theorizes that the robbers infesting his bailiwick are guilty, but he soon finds other avenues to explore. Stella's husband loves her money, not her person; the victim's sister rejoices openly in the death; Mrs. Wainer, claiming a close friendship with Stella, isn't quite convincing. There are others, Roper discovers as he feels himself becoming entangled in a web of deceit, who could have murdered Stella for revenge and profit. After separating facts from a confusion of lies, the detective finally enjoys the immense satisfaction of putting the guilty behind bars. (May)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990 Release date: 01/01/1990 Genre:
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