|Clue in the crystal....Can Inspector Stoddart read the signs?|
I have an idea who this woman mystery writer may have been and I will throw out some clues in the coming days. It's a matter I discuss in my introduction to the forthcoming reprint of The Crystal Beads Murder, by Dean Street Press. Care to make any guesses?
The Crystal Beads Murder concerns the slaying of a libidinous swine in a summer-house on the grounds Holford Hall, the Midlands country estate of Lord and Lady Medchester. Suspects in the slaying naturally are numerous, presenting another challenging case for Inspector William Stoddart, who previously solved murders in The Man with the Dark Beard, The Crime at Tattenham Corner and Who Killed Charmian Karslake? In the current case he does have one clue: a broken section of a crystal bead necklace that his assistant, Alfred Harbord, found in the dead man's overcoat pocket. Where will the clue of the crystals beads take the investigation?
The Crystal Beads Murder is written in Annie Haynes' best vein, with intriguing plots complications and interesting characters alike capturing the reader's fancy. It will be out in the fall, along with the other Stoddart mysteries; and Annie Haynes' eight other detective novels will soon follow.