The Man That Got Away by Lynne Truss

Summer 1957, and life in the Brighton Constabulary is pretty much normal. Constable Twitten is trying to convince his superiors that the station charlady is a murderous master criminal. The Maison du Wax is begging Inspector Steine to sit for a mannequin of himself, for the small donation of thirty-five pounds 10 shillings. Sergeant Brunswick is going undercover as a trumpet player in the Black Cat night club to observe nefarious goings-on. Oh, and a young man with his throat slit is found sitting in a deck chair on the beach.

This is a delightful read. A dark crime comedy, filled with satirical wit, peculiar characters, and criminal antics. The characters, while not all exactly likeable, each have a certain “charm” that adds much to the story. The plot is intricate, involving murder, disappearances, and multiple con games; all intertwined with cunning plot twists, and more coincidences than you can shake a Dundee cake at. 

My thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

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