UNSEEMLY END by Roderic Jeffries


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Inspector Alvarez of Mallorca is once again drawn into the affairs of the British expatriate community--when vulgar, hard-drinking, hard-hearted widow Dolly Lund is found dead the morning after one of her show-off parties. Chief suspect: Dolly's kept-man Mark Erington, who's the heir to her considerable estate. But Erington seems to have a cast-iron alibi--and then, after Alvarez starts to chip away at that cast-iron, the suspect is found shot to death, suicide-note nearby. All very neat. But cautious, intuitive Alvarez knows that something's fishy and looks into the late Dolly's legion of enemies: ex-gardener Matas; bitterly envious neighbor Cynthia Rockford; mechanic Steven Trent, a one-time candidate for gigolo status; many others, And, led by Dolly's dog Lulu, the Inspector works his way to an ironic, satisfying conclusion. Solid plotting, three-dimensional islanders, crisp atmosphere: one of the best efforts in this always-agreeable series.

Pub Date: April 7th, 1982
Publisher: St. Martin's