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Too clever by half.
Jeffries, Roderic, 1926-
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Publication Information:
Bath Chivers, 1991.
Physical Description:
268 pages (large print) 23 cm
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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A new Inspector Enrique Alvarez novel is always cause for rejoicing, and Jeffries has not lost his touch in this ninth novel in the series. As usual, the setting is Mallorca, the victim and the suspects are English expatriates, and the inspector continues to love his brandy, his food, and his smokes. In this episode, the death of art expert Justin Burnett appears to be a suicide--until his sister, Phillipa, insists he was murdered. Alvarez, ever reluctant to exert himself too much--after all, exercise in the Mediterranean heat would never be wise--is forced to pay attention after evidence indicates both that the suicide note was not typed on Burnett's typewriter and that his fingerprints don't appear on the half-empty whiskey bottle found at his side, a liquor that his sister says he never drank. Jeffries has again produced a winner, combining intricate plotting and thoroughly agreeable charac~ters. ~--Stuart Miller

Publisher's Weekly Review

A thoughtful and sensitive man, Inspector Enrique Alvarez of the police headquarters in Mallorca readily believes the evidence that indicates the cause of death of a British expatriate was suicide. However, Alvarez ( Dead Clever ), sympathizes with the dead man's elderly sister. At her request, he conducts a routine investigation, and discovers that the deceased, a respected art historian, was murdered--possibly by the sister. But Alvarez refuses to consider her a suspect, simply because he likes her. He is equally emotional about the suspects in a second case. The victim, also a prominent expatriate, was so detestable that Alvarez is overrun with possible killers. They are the dead man's ill-treated wife, his neglected daughter and numerous shady business associates. Alvarez becomes infatuated with the daughter and is seduced by the wife. Thereafter, he refuses to count either as a suspect, despite the fact that both had ample motive and opportunity. The victims shared a secret, Alvarez learns, that proved deadly to both. If this secret is revealed, the murders will be solved, but the innocent as well as the guilty will suffer. By his own admission, the inspector is more concerned with what is right than he is about finding the killer. He answers his own question, ``Am I just a servant of the law or am I a small part of justice?,'' and follows his conscience when he locates the murderer. His decision to mete out justice brings the novel to a surprising but gratifying conclusion. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved