Cue for Murder
A Dr Basil Willing Mystery
by Helen McCloy
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Pub Date 09 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 19 Dec 2021
On the New York stage, the scene is set for what appears to be the perfect murder. The crime was committed in full view of the audience and players, but no one can say whom the murderer is.
When everyone who could be involved is trained in deception, figuring out which of the three main suspects are the culprit isn’t easy – especially as they can all convincingly deny any knowledge of the crime.
Enter Dr Basil Willing. It seems a canary and a housefly are all the clues he needs to crack the case…
Cue for Murder is the fourth book in Helen McCloy’s Dr Basil Willing Mystery series.
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I liked all the Basil Willing mysteries I read and this the best so far. A page turner I couldn't put down featuring a very complex puzzle, a limited number of suspects and plenty of secrets.
The author did an excellent job in developing a plot that never stops surprising as each twist is unexpected.
The descriptions of the theatre environment and the atmosphere in NY at the beginning of WWII are masterful as the storytelling and the character development.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
The Perfect Murder….?
A murder takes place, on stage, before a full house. Surely that’s straightforward? Despite the clear view no one can tell who the murderer is. An enigma. Cue the enigmatic Dr Basil Willing. With a clever and well crafted plot, red herrings aplenty and a superlative cast this is an engaging and enjoyable mystery with a satisfying denouement.
Dr Basil Willing has been given a ticket to attend the opening night of the play Fedora. Where in the first act a character dies, unfortunately so does the actor. He has been stabbed. With so few suspects can Willing determine the motive and therefore the guilty party before they kill again. The clues were there to find.
Another entertaining historical mystery, originally written in 1941. A well-written story with its varied and likeable characters. Another good addition to the series which can easily be read as a standalone story.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Could a Golden Age book be more exquisite? Cue for Murder in the Dr. Basil Willing Mystery series contains everything one could hope for in a mystery...suspense, tension, superb secrets, believable and memorable characters, oodles of atmosphere, wonderful descriptions and a clever ending. Plus Helen McCloy wrote with fresh humour and wit which made me chuckle out loud several times. She also included a list of persons of interest (even these are enshrouded in her magical wit) and objects of interest. Love that.
The backdrop and scene of the crime is the Royal Theatre in bustling New York in 1942. Interestingly, the list of suspects is short but each seems unlikely. Or do they? Dr. Basil Willing draws on his psychiatric background and criminal knowledge to analyze and scrutinize which really elevates this character-driven book. Though the murder was committed in full view, no one saw it happen. The descriptions transported me immediately to the stage and I felt I was a witness to a positively smashing murder without knowing it. And then there's the non-human objects of interest...
Please do not miss this superb book. It is my favourite by this author I have read thus far. Each word was arresting and riveting and had me tied up in knots as I was so eager to finish yet did not want it to end! It had that special je ne sais quois I yearn for in books.
My sincere thank you to Agora Books for reviving this enchanting era. It will always be my favourite to read from and about. Thank you to NetGalley for the privilege of reading this treasure. I could not have possibly enjoyed it more and eagerly await the next!
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