Retired Superintendent Kenworthy (The Green Frontier, etc.), sharp and subtle as ever, with another complex assignment: this...

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PASSION IN THE PEAK

Retired Superintendent Kenworthy (The Green Frontier, etc.), sharp and subtle as ever, with another complex assignment: this one in the Pennine village of Peak Low, where rich dilettante Lord Furnival has elected to stage a Passion, with Christ played by thoroughly unwholesome rock-star Wayne Lamer. Madge Oldroyd, the play's Mary Magdalene, plagued by a series of nasty practical jokes, has walked out; ex-army security officer Colonel Cantrell and local police can't find the culprit; tensions and enmities rage, and then Lamer, forbidden to drive, fatally injures research assistant Ricarda Mommsen in a car crash, disappears, and is found dead days later. Kenworthy acts as the production's liaison with local police, chases down Larner's longtime enemy Alf Tandy and finally sorts it all out, in a flat, prosaic ending. Very English, very complicated, but lacking drive and cohesion. Not up to Hilton's best.

Pub Date: Oct. 16, 1985

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1985