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Jonathan Latimer

Red Gardenias

Methuen 1939
Artwork by CWB - Bacon

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Jonathan Latimer     CWB - Bacon

For pace, action, wisecracking humour and thrills, a tale by Jonathan Latimer is hard to beat. His detective, William Crane, Is rapidly acquiring the reputation of a Peter Wimsey or a ' Lemmy ' Caution. In Red Gardenias Crane finds himself working on a case with Ann Fortune, his boss's niece, and the fact that they have to pose as husband and wife is only one of the curious predicaments in which they find themselves. Staying at the house of an old millionaire, Simeon March, they investigate the strange death of two of his sons, both of whom are alleged to have committed suicide. The bodies were found in their motor cars, poisoned by exhaust gases. Crane proves that these ' suicides ' were murders, but not before he has been shot at, before Ann has been kidnapped, and a third member of the March family has died of carbon monoxide poisoning. In Crane's method of working the puzzle out and bringing the murderer to justice lies the excitement of the tale.

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