Category: Color in the Title
Date Finished: September 16, 2015
This is an Captain Heimrich mystery, rather than a Mr. & Mrs. North, the 11th out of 22 in that series. Richard Lockridge continued these on after Frances’ death in 1963, unlike the North series. In this novel, Heimrich’s self doubt and droopy character is more adequately conveyed than any of the other characters. He is visiting his female friend in the Hudson River valley, where a movie company is also filming a story of early Dutch settlers in the area. Heimrich discovers the murder of a local artist and an actress in a modernist house in the woods. This house and the art world is clearly of more interest to the authors than the movie world or the characters that inhabit it. Some typical Lockridge suspense where the female interest is stalked by the murderer, who is then caught before anything bad can happen.