Richard and Frances Lockridge – Death on the Aisle (1942)


Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: Why — Because Simon says
TBR #59 (38e, 21p)
Date Finished: May 19, 2019

While attending the rehearsal of a new Broadway play, a doctor and financial backer of the play is stabbed to death in his seat. Mr. and Mrs. North are attending the rehearsal, of course, so get involved with the investigation by Lt. Weigand of the Homicide Bureau. Various actors and other theater personnel had motive, while Weigand has to figure out who had opportunity as they entered and exited the rehearsal scene.

This story is much more Lt. Weigand’s as the Norths are only slightly involved, though Pam North does run into her usual trouble being chased and threatened by the murderer. The resolution comes through Pam’s danger rather than through any deductions on her part or Weigand’s. Jerry North, of course, hardly does anything. Thankfully, there are no cats in this one, and Pam’s goofy logic is on very limited display.

This qualifies for the Simon says category since this has been waiting on my shelves (actually in a box) since around 1984-1985. I need to catch up someday.

Just the Facts Golden 2019-05-19

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