>Anthony Gilbert, No Dust in the Attic (1962)

>This British author´s real name was Lucy Beatrice Malleson (1899-1973).

Janice Grey is on the run from her husband, the charming but criminal Pat Grey. She fears that he and his gang are not only involved in burglary, but also murder.

This is traditional British crime, one of a long series about the red-haired lawyer and detective Arthur Crook. Janice contacts him because she has no idea whom to trust. Earlier I have read and enjoyed A Nice Cup of Tea (1950) and Night Encounter (1968), but this story seemed boring and naïve, and Crook´s impressive, final spurt was far from convincing.

But small wonder that the quality is uneven considering that the author wrote fifty novels about the same sleuth, plus several other crime novels.

Anthony Gilbert, Farligt Vidne (1974)

Forfatterens rigtige navn er Lucy Beatrice Malleson (1899-1973).

Janice Grey er på flugt fra sin mand, den charmerende men kriminelle Pat Grey. Hun frygter, at han og hans bande ikke kun er indblandet i butiksindbrud, men måske også er involveret i mord.

Dette er en traditionel britisk krimi om den rødhårede sagfører og detektiv, Arthur Crook, som Janice henvender sig til, fordi hun ikke aner, hvem hun kan stole på. Jeg har tidligere læst og nydt Døden tager på udflugt (1973) og Dobbeltmord (1973) af Gilbert, men denne bog forekom mig kedelig og naiv, og Crooks imponerende slutspurt er langt fra overbevisende.

Eftersom forfatteren skrev halvtreds romaner bare om Arthur Crook, er det måske ikke så underligt, at kvaliteten svinger.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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