Another painstakingly built case for dogged Inspector Kelsey and his Sergeant Lambert (Last Walk Home). Young, successful bachelor Gavin Elliott, owner of a three-branch brokerage firm, is the last man one would expect to find stabbed to death in his own home. After all, everyone seemed to like Gavin--except his eccentric, disgruntled neighbor, Leonard Picton. The prime suspect, then, is Gavin's half-brother Howard, already in charge of one brokerage branch, who inherits the considerable estate. But Kelsey ferrets out the tangled past of Annette Roche, beautiful wife of another brokerage-manager, finding a motive there. And a slow detection chronicle ensues--with the dead ends, red herrings, and speculation mildly sparked by a few interesting characters (e.g., the Picton clan, with all-seeing child Emily setting the Inspector on the right path). Genteel and soporific, strictly for determined fans of English-village crime.