18.4.13

A MURDER IN MAYFAIR, by Robert Barnard

This stand-alone intrigue begins with a cryptic message to newly-nominated Junior Minister Colin Pinnock: who do you think you are? He dismisses the note, and the next one as well; but then his ailing father murmurs something: “We were so happy when you came.” Now Colin has to think about words: what do these mean? As hints and clues pile up, he begins to actively search into his past to find where he actually came from. The startling answers come piecemeal, but culminate in a life-threatening encounter he’d never have imagined. A fine read by an accomplished mystery writer: nicely drawn characters and a solid plot that unwinds to a startling concludion. It’s a 4.