|Who murdered Rita Morning?|
As has been observed many times, Golden Age detective novels often treated death as a game and in some of them gruesomely gamboling with body parts could be part of the "fun" (see, for example, Gladys Mitchell's The Mystery of a Butcher Shop, where the murder victim is cut into joints in a butcher's shop--hilarious, huh?).
|a club I would have|
joined in the 1930s
There are a few Jewish characters--a lawyer, a film producer and a fishmonger--and the police are allowed some ethnophobic thoughts in their direction, which is probably a fair enough portrayal of a number of police at the time, I imagine. The author is also frank in her portrayal of the casual sexual morals of the film world.
All this I found made highly interesting mystery reading. I enjoyed the puzzle plot as well, but of course can't talk about that in detail here! This is another Coles novel I would love to see reprinted someday.