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Breach of promise
Hart, Roy.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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Booklist Review

Roy Hart's Inspector Roper appears to be well on the way to becoming a household name among those who read British procedurals. This latest adventure matches the excellence of such earlier entries as Robbed Blind [BKL My 15 90]. The agreeable inspector finds himself, with his various sergeants and constables, in the small village of Upper Groton investigating the murder of Zygmunt Tadeusz Komarowski, a former chemical engineer and RAF ace in World War II. On the surface, of course, Ziggy was known and liked by most people in the area. But as Roper soon learns (and as the seasoned reader might surmise), bitter rivalries and intense emotions run beneath the placid surface of English village life--all of them providing a very unattractive resident with a suitable motive. The means were also there, but does it add up to murder? Hart handles the classic murder-in-the-village plot with complete mastery. An ideal evening's entertainment for fans of cozy British mysteries. ~--Stuart Miller

Publisher's Weekly Review

Who would kill Zygmunt (Ziggy) Komarowski, a Polish ace in the RAF who for years has lived alone in a trailer on a farm in Upper Gorton in the English countryside? And what was the motive? The chess player and birdwatcher, a fighter for the environment and animal rights, was liked by almost everyone. His shotgunned body is discovered by his slight but stalwart neighbor, Enid Kingsley, 73, who lives with and takes care of her wheelchair-bound, horribly disfigured brother Jack, an RAF flier. The stolid, cheroot-smoking Inspector Roper soon learns that Enid, once an RAF ferry pilot, had a wartime romance with Ziggy but has sacrificed her happiness. Roper is distracted by a feud between farmers, stolen sheep, a stolen wife, and an arson, but concentrates on an ancient cricket bag containing an old tram ticket. Compact, well-written, clever--but series hero Roper ( A Fox in the Night ) lacks the irritable edge of a Holmes or a Dalgliesh. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved