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Family Matters
by Anthony Rolls
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Poisoned Pen, 2017 (1933)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Family Matters by Anthony Rolls was written in the Golden Age of British Crime Writing – the 1930s. The British had an affinity for producing fine writing of imaginative mysteries and still do. Family Matters ranks as one of the best in my view.

Robert Arthur Kewdingham is a rather eccentric man – boring, a hoarder, and quarrelsome. He has boxes of debris all over his home – sure that there is something worthy, possibly Roman, in everything he finds on the streets or the bogs around Shufflecester. It goes without saying that his wife is not the happiest woman in their small village.

John Harrigall, a bohemian bachelor, arrives in Shufflecester for a short stay and finds he is attracted to Kewdingham’s wife. Said wife is delighted with the attention of a man she is not married to. When Kewdingham winds up dead, the local police suspect almost everyone of ridding the village of a bothersome man.

Did his wife do him in? Or perhaps Harrigall with his eye on a lonely woman? Did Kewdingham kill himself with the concoctions he brewed, insisting that he knew what he was doing?

I truly enjoyed Family Matters. This novel is well-written, with the good sense to allow the reader to insert his/her solutions to a baffling tale. Enjoy.

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