A shot in the dark / Lynne Truss.

Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
loading   Processing Request
  • Additional Information
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Constable Twitten investigates the death of a famed theater critic who was murdered before he could deliver information about an unsolved crime.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 1957. Famed theater critic A. S. Crystal has come to the British seaside resort of Brighton with something other than the local production of A Shilling in the Meter on his mind. He intends to tell Constable Twitten the secret he knows about the still-unsolved Aldersgate Stick-Up case of 1945. Just before Crystal names the criminal mastermind involved, he's shot dead in his seat. As Constable Twitten and his colleague Sargent Jim Brunswick set out to solve the decade-old mystery, they venture deep into the criminal underworld that lies beneath Brighton's holiday-happy veneer. When they discover a criminal conspiracy that dates back decades, will Brunswick and Twitten be able to foil the mastermind? -- adapted from jacket
    • Notes:
      First published in 2018 in Great Britain.
    • ISBN:
      9781635570557
      1635570557
      9781635572742
      1635572746
    • Accession Number:
      bl2018185587
    • Accession Number:
      on1057714085
      1057714085
    • Accession Number:
      fay.589760
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      TRUSS, L. A shot in the dark. [s. l.]: Bloomsbury, 2018. ISBN 9781635570557. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.589760. Acesso em: 27 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Truss L. A Shot in the Dark. Bloomsbury; 2018. Accessed October 27, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.589760
    • APA:
      Truss, L. (2018). A shot in the dark. Bloomsbury.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Truss, Lynne. 2018. A Shot in the Dark. A Constable Twitten Mystery. Bloomsbury. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.589760.
    • Harvard:
      Truss, L. (2018) A shot in the dark. Bloomsbury (A Constable Twitten mystery). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.589760 (Accessed: 27 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Truss, L 2018, A shot in the dark, A Constable Twitten mystery, Bloomsbury, viewed 27 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Truss, Lynne. A Shot in the Dark. Bloomsbury, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.589760.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Truss, Lynne. A Shot in the Dark. A Constable Twitten Mystery. Bloomsbury, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.589760.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Truss L. A shot in the dark [Internet]. Bloomsbury; 2018 [cited 2020 Oct 27]. (A Constable Twitten mystery). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.589760

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 September #1

Truss transplants the quirky, clever wit that drove her nonfiction best-seller, Eats, Shoots & Leaves? (2004), to fiction in this adaptation of a radio show starring Brighton, England, police officers Steine, Brunswick, and Twitten and featuring assorted oddballs on both sides of the law. Newbie Twitten, who's thought to be too smart for his own good, hopes his career is on the upswing when he happens to be seated beside a malodorous, mean theater critic just as the man is killed. Inspector Steine believes the crime is related to a massacre in Brighton years before, and the ensuing investigation takes delightful twists and turns that reveal sordid secrets and long-ago crimes underlying the resort town's jolly character. It is, at times, difficult to keep track of the numerous characters involved in this post-WWII drama, but a close reading brings rewards. Truss' language, unsurprisingly, sparkles, and her portrayal of class and its exasperating effect on even the British underworld is memorable. Readers of Agatha Christie are a natural audience for this study in peculiarity. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 September #1

British author Truss (Eats, Shoots and Leaves) makes her crime fiction debut with this hilarious series launch. One morning in 1957, London theater critic A.S. Crystal takes the train to Brighton, where he's to attend the try-out of a new play, A Shilling in the Meter, at the Theater Royal. That same morning, Constable Peregrine Twitten, an eager beaver who won a prize "for forensic observation," reports for duty to Det. Insp. Geoffrey Steine, the less than clever head of the Brighton Constabulary, who in 1945 failed to break the Aldersgate stickup case, to which Crystal, then an assistant bank manager, was a witness. That evening at the Theater Royal, something in the play prompts Crystal to remember a piece of crucial information about the Aldersgate robbery, but he's shot dead before he can share it with the police. Twitten sets out to investigate Crystal's murder and his link to the unsolved case, aided by competent Sgt. James Brunswick and despite lack of support from the feckless Steine. Truss successfully combines wry humor with a fair-play mystery. Agent: Anthony Goff, David Higham Assoc. (U.K.). (Nov.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.