Review by Maryom
Detective Chief Superintendent Burns is looking forward to his retirement. He's only got a week left at work and he and his wife have plans to leave immediately on a caravanning trip to the south of France - something they've been looking forward to for a long time. Then, at the last minute he's pulled into investigating the death of a local industrialist, Robert Quarry. Suspicion falls at first on the militant trade unionist responsible for the strike at Quarry's factory, then the police discover that Quarry had rigged himself an alibi for the time of the murder.
First published in 1972 The case of Robert Quarry has been 're-released' by Bello - an imprint of Pan Macmillan which specialises in rediscovering older books and re releasing them digitally or as 'print on demand' hard copies.
The Case of Robert Quarry is an extremely enjoyable whodunnit from the days before DNA analysis and psychological profiling - almost from another world to today's thrillers. Being able to check the DNA at the crime scene would have made DCS Burns' job an awful lot easier! The plot hinges more on motive versus alibi much in the way of an Agatha Christie mystery. The story follows the investigation team as enquiries lead them first one way, then another - and, although giving clues to who the villain may have been, keeps the reader guessing till near the end.
Maryom's reviews - 4 stars
Publisher - Bello
Genre - Adults Fiction, crime
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