An Artful Death (Inspector Alvarez Novel)

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9780002327039: An Artful Death (Inspector Alvarez Novel)

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

When expat Keith Vickers’s boat is found empty and drifting out at sea, no one is too worried. But then Inspector Alvarez discovers that no one has seen Vickers for several days… so when Vickers’s body turns up it isn’t exactly a surprise to Alvarez that the case is now one of murder.

Interviewing the dead man’s servants, Alvarez gets the impression of a notorious philanderer – a man whose love life is so complicated even Vickers himself probably had trouble remembering its intricacies. And one of those intricacies is British cabinet minister George Lovell, a man staying on Mallorca with his cousin, a man who was overheard arguing with Vickers on the day of his disappearance.

As Alvarez unearths the dead man’s shady business dealings, he becomes increasingly suspicious of Lovell, and confiscates his passport to stop him leaving the island. Not surprisingly, the cabinet minister lodges an official complaint, and Alvarez finds himself once again out in the cold, bearing the brunt of his Superior Chief’s vitriolic tongue. And not only that, he’s still got a case to solve…

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Review:

‘This is a charmer of a book, unflawed by any failings, the pick of the season’s crop’
Gerald Kaufman, Scotsman (of Ambiguity of Murder)

‘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 expat Keith Vicker's boat is found empty and drifting out at sea, no one is too worried. But then Inspector Alvarez discovers that no one has seen the man for several days…so when his body turns up it isn't exactly a surprise to Alvarez that the case is now one of murder.

Interviewing the dead man's servants, Alvarez gets the impression of a notorious philanderer – a man whose love life is so complicated even Vickers himself probably has trouble remembering its intricacies. And one of those intricacies is British cabinet minister George Lovell, a man staying on Mallorca with his cousin; a man who was overheard arguing with Vickers on the day of his disappearance.

As Alvarez continues his investigation, he makes his suspicions of Lovell rather too obvious, with the inevitable result that an official complaint is lodged. So once more he finds himself the target of Superior Chief Salas's vitriolic tongue. And as if that were not enough, he still has a case to solve.

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

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