Murder by Numbers
by Eric Brown
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 2 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 11 Jan 2021
Severn House, Severn House Publishers
December, 1956. Donald Langham's wife Maria Dupré receives a chilling invitation to attend a death at the home of Maxwell Falwell Fenton in Essex. The once-prominent artist has a number of enemies, and has faded into obscurity since the war ended. Is the invitation to his own death or someone else's? Arriving at Winterfield on a cold winter evening, Donald and Maria meet five strangers who have also received numbered invitations. They all had a reason to hate or fear Maxwell, including Maria, who reveals a secret from her own past. But is she telling the whole truth? The soiree produces a gruesome and dramatic twist, but it's about to get much worse when someone starts picking off the six, one by one. Can Donald untangle lies, betrayal, and incredible revelations to identify the killer before Maria becomes the next victim?
A Note From the Publisher
Average rating from 16 members
As a devoted fan of Langham and Dupré Mystery Series I am very happy that Murder by Numbers will be a next gem in this collection. It's a classic, elegant mystery novel in style of R. Chandler and with wit of A. Christie's plots. We meet again a crime novel writer/private investigator Donald Langham, his charming wife Maria, and Langham's partner Ralph Ryland. Maria has been invited by her old friend Maxwell Falwell Fenton, once very well known artist but recently suffering for faded fame, to a macabre party to witness death. When arrived, all invited persons, are accused by the host of being guilty of hurting him somehow and are sentenced to be punished. Six guests, six numbered invitations, six targets of the revenge. Maria's invitation has number 6. Will Donald be able to save his wife by solving that case? It was a delightful read, very atmospheric, with great characters; a real joy for mystery lovers. Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House Publishing for an e-Galley of this novel.