The strange circumstances of Alan Price’s death in a car crash is just the first in a series of bizarre events in the town of Fordhamton. Detective Inspector Harley is not convinced that it was suicide.
As his investigations continue he finds that although no one actually liked Alan Price no one was desperate enough to want him dead. In fact most people had more to gain whilst he was alive.
Price’s ex-wife stands to lose her inheritance, his business fails and the staff are flung into unemployment, the Football Club faces extinction; and a by-election for a Town Council seat has to be called which no one wants to contest.
Harley becomes a spectator in the bars and coffee shops, watching silently as more than one conspiracy begins to flourish. The problem is unscrambling exactly what it is the various townspeople are plotting, or hiding from the investigation.
Petty vandalism, arson and a dead American Private Investigator just make the situation more confused. It is his humourless partner Detective Constable Davis who finds a solution that surprises everybody.
A most enjoyable read, full of understated humour, twists and turns and unexpected diversions. Pity it didn't appeal to other reviewers. I look forward to the other books in the series.