Narrator: John Curless
Series: Mordecai Tremaine #3
Published by Recorded Books on May 1, 2018 (first published 1950)
Genres: Vintage Mystery
Length: 9 hrs 41 mins
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Adrian Carthallow, enfant terrible of the art world, is no stranger to controversy. But this time it’s not his paintings that have provoked a blaze of publicity – it’s the fact that his career has been suddenly terminated by a bullet to the head. Not only that, but his wife has confessed to firing the fatal shot.
Inspector Penross of the town constabulary is, however, less than convinced by Helen Carthallow’s story – but has no other explanation for the incident that occurred when the couple were alone in their clifftop house.
Luckily for the Inspector, amateur criminologist Mordecai Tremaine has an uncanny habit of being in the near neighbourhood whenever sudden death makes its appearance. Investigating the killing, Tremaine is quick to realise that however handsome a couple the Carthallows were, and however extravagant a life they led, beneath the surface there’s a pretty devil’s brew…
So Pretty a Problem is the third of the Mordecai Tremaine books.
I really liked how So Pretty a Problem was structured.
Then we go back in time and learn how we got here. We meet everyone, including plenty of suspects, see how they interact, learn about their affairs and secrets. Mordecai has spent a lot of time with them but sees them from an outsiders point of view. He’s not really part of their circle but sees most of what’s going on.
Finally, there’s the investigation after the murder. Was Helen really the only other person in the house that day? Who is telling the truth and who is lying and why? Mordecai’s help is actually appreciated by the police, which is a nice change from a lot of cozy mysteries.
I tend to enjoy vintage mysteries. They’re more