Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Black Curl by Constance and Gwenyth Little

The Black Curl
Constance and Gwenyth Little
4/5 stars

The Black Curl is the final mystery written by the Little sisters.  Like their other mysteries, it is a funny,  complex, lighthearted tale with a strongly-plotted mystery at the center.  The inspector has quite the job finding out who cut off Bill's curl in the middle of the night; why the hair lotion been replaced with water; and, most important of all, who put the housekeeper in the refrigerator?

Unlike most of their novels, the Black Curl is told from the point of view of the hero, rather than the heroine, and the heroine isn't a sassy, back-talking strong female, either.  While still being amusing, it also lacks the screwball zaniness of their previous stories.

Despite the deviation from their usual formula, the Black Curl is an enjoyable read that will keep the reader guessing until the very end.

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