DEATH ON THE BROADLANDS by Alan Hunter

DEATH ON THE BROADLANDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Hunter's C.I.D. Superintendent George Gently (Gently Between Tides, etc.) enters this story late--much too late--and only peripherally. He's vacationing on ""the Broads,"" where Stella Rushton, a just-jilted, 30-ish writer, is recovering in a cottage rented from playwright Lea-Stephens. And, at Simon's own residence nearby, Stella meets the playwright's callow nephew Keith, heir to the family fortune--with whom she has a brief fling. So, when Keith is found dead after a rendezvous, Stella feels guilty. . . and then becomes sure that Simon is the killer. . . only to be amazed when Gently, helping the local police, pinpoints the obvious culprit. A sharp dip in quality for the often-stolid Hunter--with a foolish plot and sheer-drivel dialogue. (Says Stella's perfidious lover, ""drawing his head back and gazing down at her. . . : 'Little fool! You knew I wanted that.'"")

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1984
Publisher: Walker