cover image Murder Take Three: A Langham and Dupré Mystery

Murder Take Three: A Langham and Dupré Mystery

Eric Brown. Severn, $28.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-7278-8709-2

Set in 1956, Brown’s jaunty fourth series mystery (after 2016’s Murder at the Loch) finds thriller writer and private detective Donald Langham in good spirits: spring has come to London, his new novel is about to be published, and he’s looking forward to his upcoming wedding to literary agent Maria Dupré. Then Suzie Reynard, an American actress set to star in a murder-mystery film being shot at Marling Hall in Norfolk, drops into his office. She fears that “something screwy” is going on and that the life of director Douglas Dennison might be in danger. Langham and Dupré are soon ensconced at Marling Hall and doing a little incognito sleuthing. Brown depicts a world where the class system is still firmly in place; every country house has a full complement of (usually nameless) butlers, cooks, and ladies’ maids; and gentlemen use words like chappie and jolly. Readers will enjoy spending time in the company of Brown’s charming, well-mannered detectives as they try to solve a total of three murders. [em]Agent: John Jarrold, John Jarrold Literary Agency (U.K.). (Aug.) [/em]