Miss Tomlin’s body is exhumed six months after she died thanks to vicious rumours going round the village. O perhaps not merely rumours for the body is found to be full of arsenic. The Chief Constable asks his friend, the physically challenged Francis Antony to dig around a little so that they can find the murderer. Anthony is loathe to do so but certain personal compulsions make him take up the role of the detective.
The thing that intrigued me when I finished the book was whether the murder was really done by the person who confessed to it or was it a cover-up? If it is the former than it becomes (by the time of writing of the novel) an ordinary hackneyed plot where the identity of the murderer becomes quite clear rather early on but if it is the latter than it is a great novel. And I would like to think that it has an ambiguous end rather than the straight-forward open and shut case it proposes to be.
Have you read it? What are your views?
First Line: … cannot think how the marriage has lasted so long.
First Published: 1935