It wasn’t the best omen for Peter Duluth’s comeback to Broadway. Being moved to the rundown Dagonet theatre, a theatre with something of a reputation, doesn’t bode well for Troubled Waters, but Peter and his cast are determined to push ahead. But with tensions running high amongst the cast, things don’t look good when one actor drops dead from a heart attack, apparently scared to death.
With a phantom apparently lurking in the shadows, it doesn’t take too long before another death occurs, a death that is almost certainly murder – but the show must go on. And if that means hiding the truth from the police…
I really enjoyed Puzzle For Fools, the first Duluth book (or A Puzzle For Fools – opinions seem to vary) and the later Puzzle For Wantons, so it’s no surprise that I’ve come back to the series. There’s an element of order in the developments in Peter’s life – well, Peter and a certain character but as that’s a spoiler for Fools, best not to name them.
This is a very well-plotted and well-written mystery. You have to turn a blind eye to a bit of near-magic psychiatry towards the end of the tale, and a late chapter regarding some… events in Peter’s life is rather odd, but these are minor oddities in an extremely satisfying tale.
There is so much going on here that at times it looks as if it’s never going to cohere into a satisfying plot, but rest assured, dear reader, the writers do a wonderful job at bringing multiple disparate strands together for the conclusion. The various suspects are a wonderful collection, all of which make substantial contributions to the overall plot, something which often can’t be said of mysteries. I think it’s fair to say that no one here falls simply into the “red herring” category.
Overall, this is an exceptionally strong title, one that makes me look forward to the rest of the series and more from the Wheeler-Webb team.
Just The Facts, Ma’am: WHERE – in a theatre