Psycho by the Sea: A Constable Twitten Mystery
Bloomsbury, 2021 (2021)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
Psycho by the Sea
, subtitled '
The new murder mystery in the prize-winning Constable Twitten series
', is a funny, quirky anglophile mystery, set in 1957 Brighton. Previous episodes were
A Shot in the Dark
Murder by Milk Bottle
The Man That Got Away
he police force is inept, aside from its most junior member, young Constable Twitten, dubbed
by Inspector Steine and Sergeant Brunswick. Their charlady, Mrs. Palmeira Groynes, is a criminal mastermind, responsible for large scale murder and mayhem, but only Twitten realizes it and the others don't believe him.
fter the previous episode, Inspector Steine took false credit for shooting the villain and is enjoying his sudden celebrity (as the
milk bar hero
) in London. His boss sends an efficient secretary, Miss Lennon, to the station. She starts to make big changes that lead to Mrs. Groynes stalking out without notice (the end of an era).
criminal who has cut off and boiled the heads of three policeman is conditioned in prison by psychiatrist Carlotta to go after Steine. An American professor is found dead at Gosling's department store. Mrs. Groynes (and those close to her) are threatened. Young femme fatale Adelaide Vine gets in on the action again.
he plot hops all over the place, and is tons of fun to follow, especially when Mrs. Groynes and Twitten share notes. In parallel, zebra crossing plans are being laid to put Steine in dire peril, and Mrs. Groynes' masterplan to rob Gosling's is coming to fruition. But her enemies have their own plan and it nearly succeeds.
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