The Ambiguity of Murder (Inspector Alvarez Novel)

 
9780002326872: The Ambiguity of Murder (Inspector Alvarez Novel)

‘A new whodunit featuring Mallorquin cop Enrique Alvarez is as welcome as a week in the sun’ Financial Times.

When the body of retired Bolivian diplomat Guido Zavala is found floating in his swimming pool, Inspector Alvarez finds that the evidence might point to foul play and – reluctantly – begins to look for suspects.

As he slowly uncovers Zavala’s past, he learns there are those who have good cause to have disliked the man: Jerome Robertson, whose beautiful and much younger wife has been conducting a secret affair with him; Santiago Pons, a builder, whose heavy gambling losses have placed him at the other’s financial mercy; Bailey, an honourable man, who suffered in the past because of him.

During his investigations, Alvarez receives threatening phone calls which make it all too clear that his life is in danger. Panicking, he appeals to Superior Chief Salas for help, but this is denied in the name of proud logic. It is left to his irrepressible Cousin Dolores, certain no man is capable of managing to do anything successfully, to take matters into her own hands…

A delightful and witty mystery featuring Roderic Jeffries’s much loved Inspector Alvarez.

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Review:

‘Jeffries wields a racy, complex plot, holding back a nifty terminal shock’
Sunday Times

‘High marks for detection, urbanity and narrative drive’
Irish Times

‘The Mallorquin background is touched in with knowledge and affection; and Alvarez is a sympathetic and pleasant companion’
TLS

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When the body of retired Bolivian diplomat Guido Zavala is found floating in his swimming pool, Inspector Alvarez finds that the evidence might point to foul play and – reluctantly – begins to look for suspects.

As he slowly uncovers Zavala’s past, he learns there are those who have good cause to have disliked the man: Jerome Robertson, whose beautiful and much younger wife has been conducting a secret affair with him; Santiago Pons, a builder, whose heavy gambling losses have placed him at the other’s financial mercy; Bailey, an honourable man, who suffered in the past because of him.

During his investigations, Alvarez receives threatening phone calls which make it all too clear that his life is in danger. Panicking, he appeals to Superior Chief Salas for help, but this is denied in the name of proud logic. It is left to his irrepressible Cousin Dolores, certain no man is capable of managing to do anything successfully, to take matters into her own hands…

A delightful and witty mystery featuring Roderic Jeffries’s much loved Inspector Alvarez.

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Jeffries, Roderic
Published by Harper Collins, London (1999)
ISBN 10: 0002326876 ISBN 13: 9780002326872
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Book Description Harper Collins, London, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 2d Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. nice, tight, unsold, unread 1st edition, 2d printing of this Inspector Alvarez mystery. Ships in a box, fast service from a real bricks and mortar independent bookstore open since 1998. No remainder marks. Bookseller Inventory # 000268

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