Paul's Court, a tiny enclave on the outskirts of London, suffers a genteel uproar when the bodies of pretty teenager Yvette...

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WYCLIFFE IN PAUL'S COURT

Paul's Court, a tiny enclave on the outskirts of London, suffers a genteel uproar when the bodies of pretty teenager Yvette Cole and neighbor Willy Coppel--gentle, elderly owner of the Doll's House Shop--both turn up within the space of a few days. The initial verdict? One murder and one suicide, probably not even connected. But Chief Superintendent Wycliffe and sensitive local cop Sergeant Kersey explore other possibilities and assorted suspects: Coppel's homosexual son Freddie, heir to Coppel's small fortune; Freddie's live-in companion, ex-wrestler Pongo; Yvette's hard-sheLled and seductive mum Natalie, who owns a nightclub and lives with shady garage-owner Geoff; Coppel's accountant Martin (who has a retarded grown son); and Henry Ward, a lad who had a yen for both Yvette and mum Natalie. The solution is double-murder, of course--with straightforward, low-key, literate detection in the classic mold, unremarkable but reliable goods from a deft and thoughtful veteran.

Pub Date: Sept. 19, 1980

ISBN: 0752849328

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1980