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An enigmatic disappearance
Jeffries, Roderic, 1926-
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000.

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176 pages ; 22 cm
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First published: London : HarperCollins, 1998.
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Booklist Review

Yes, most mysteries rely on formula, but some authors are able to use the comforts of familiarity without becoming slaves to them. Jeffries, for example, deserves a grand prize for having made his twenty-first Inspector Alvarez story just as fresh, readable, and enjoyable as the first. Here are all the same elements from the previous novels: the slow-moving, brandy-loving Mallorcan inspector with the shrewd instincts drawn from his peasant heritage; the expatriate British community of eccentrics, bores, and unfaithful spouses; and the beautiful island of Mallorca fighting its losing battle with overdevelopment and tourist hordes, much to Alvarez's discomfort. The plot, too, is familiar: the missing beautiful young wife of an aging British businessman who may or may not have staged the disappearance as an insurance scam. So, although this one is in many ways "just like" the other 20 in the series, Jeffries' crisp prose, deft characterizations (often accomplished in a paragraph or two), and fast pacing keep even series veterans riveted. And, of course, the inspector himself retains his enduring appeal; Alvarez is the kind of person you'd love to have as your good friend. We've said before that a new Inspector Alvarez novel is always cause for rejoicing. Let the latest round of rejoicing begin. --Stuart Miller

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite a lackluster title, Jeffries's 21st installment in his series featuring Mallorca-based policeman Enrique Alvarez provides the smooth entertainment readers have come to anticipate and relish. The expatriate community resident on Mallorca can't seem to keep itself out of trouble. This never fails to puzzle Alvarez, who marvels at the antics of these foreigners, chiefly English. When Sabrina Ogden, the beautiful, much younger wife of fussy, elderly Bevis Ogden, disappears, Alvarez suspects it is simply the case of a woman bored by her husband's impotence. Alvarez noses around, trying to discern who the other man might be. Is it Rino Ruffolo, handsome Italian boy toy of Ada Heron, English barmaid- turned-millionairess? Or could it be tart-tongued Clive Keane, whose colorless wife thinks him immune to adultery? When Alvarez discovers that Bevis Ogden collected a hefty insurance premium when a previous wife disappeared and later turned up murdered, the cop realizes he could be investigating something more serious than the whereabouts of an errant wife. Jeffries's wit is as quietly mordant as ever, taking the expatriates to task for their despoiliation of the beauties of Mallorca and pointing up the absurdities of the English abroad, who insist on treating all non-English people as "foreigners." This is another small gem in a series that never fails to amuse. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Mallorca's Inspector Alvarez shrugs off the disappearance of a wealthy young British woman of questionable reputation, but then she is found murdered. The list of suspects includes her husband, whose first wife also died tragically. A clever procedural. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.