SPENCE AND THE HOLIDAY MURDERS by Michael Allen

SPENCE AND THE HOLIDAY MURDERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Spence and the Holiday Murders Another example of the nonsensical retitling of imported books, since there's only one real murder in this leisurely British police procedural, and though it does occur around Christmas, there's no connection thereto. The original title was Spence in Petal Park, Petal Park being the neighborhood where a slimy Don Juan named Roger Parnell is found dead in front of his house one morning--and Petal Park Girls' School next door was the source of some of Roger's many nubile playmates. Did Roger's death stem from his cavorting, photographing, and drug-dealing among the impressionable schoolgirls? Or from his unscrupulous insurance/mortgage business, with blackmail on the side? Detective Supt. Ben Spence, rather colorless but not unpleasant company, finds out in due, step-by-step-by-step course. A very procedural procedural.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1978
Publisher: Walker