Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Broken Object
Date Finished: July 11, 2016
I ended up enjoying this more than I thought I would after reading chapter one. It starts out with a fox hunt and I was afraid this was going to get stuck with upper crust concerns as some of these Lockridge mysteries tend to do. Thankfully, the young woman who always seems to turn up in these is employed as a reporter on a local weekly paper, despite her well-to-do background. A couple of ads in the paper raise questions about the death of another young woman a year before. She was apparently killed from a fall from a horse during another fox hunt, but the ads raise Captain Heimrich’s interest in the case and he starts digging. The book switches between Heimrich’s work and the young reporter’s, but it works well. Of course, there is the usual Lockridge suspense chapter where the young woman is threatened by the killer, but it always turns out well, so there wasn’t much suspense this time. The killer’s method and opportunity were somewhat farfetched, and few of the other options had been developed enough to even be considered. At least Heimrich was a lot less mopey here than in the past and Lockridge actually deals with some civil rights issues, though certainly not as much as 1969 deserved. Probably three out of five.