The charming first novel in a new comic crime series, from one of Britain's most-loved writers, the incomparable Lynne Truss
Inspector Steine rather enjoys his life as a policeman by the sea. No criminals, no crime, no stress. So it's really rather annoying when an ambitious - not to mention irritating - new constable shows up to work and starts investigating a series of burglaries.
And it's even more annoying when, after Constable Twitten is despatched to the theatre for the night, he sits next to a vicious theatre critic who is promptly shot dead part way through the opening night of a new play. It seems Brighton may be in need of a police force after all...
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'A farce that gathers hilarious pace with every page ... More Marx Brothers than Agatha Christie, this is crime fiction turned on its head - a giddy spell of sheer delight' - The Daily Mail
'[An] entertaining new crime series ... Truss's affection for a rollicking, twisty caper has transferred to the page with ease ... There's some fine storytelling on display here' - The Observer
'Funny, clever, charming, imaginative, nostalgic and gently satirical' - The Times
'With plenty of brightly coloured bucket-and-spadery, including ghost trains and Punch and Judy and variety acts, this clever, tongue-in-cheek escapade is a perfect summer read' - The Guardian
'Pitch-perfect send-up of 1950s Brighton with nods to Graham Greene ... The ingenious plot involves such period attractions as the Ghost Train, theatrical landladies, Pathe News and cherry Genoa cake. Hilarious' - The Sunday Times Crime Club
'One of those rare books that actually makes you laugh out loud ... Impossible not to read in one sitting' - The Sunday Times
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What is it about :
Set in 1950’s Brighton, with some good pop culture added too. Inspector Steine is a buffoon, useless as a cop and won’t admit any crimes are committed in Brighton. His, Sergeant Brunswick, is... More
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