False leads abound as re­tail king, mistress meet grisly end

Pretoria News - - METRO - THE SHOP WIN­DOW MUR­DERS Ver­non Loder Loot.co.za (R189) COLLINS CRIME

AS IF to prove there is noth­ing new un­der the sun, this mur­der mys­tery from 1930 picks up on the idea of shops us­ing light­weight gy­ro­copters for speedy de­liv­er­ies.

But this early ver­sion of storeto-door fails to take off when the bod­ies of the in­no­va­tor and his mistress are dis­played in a shop win­dow of his own em­po­rium.

In­spec­tor Devenish is hard put to dis­tin­guish be­tween gen­uine leads and those planted to set him on a false trail. He soon dis­cov­ers the would-be re­tail king was a fi­nan­cial char­la­tan ready to skip the coun­try. But which of his as­so­ciates was aware of his vil­lainy, and ad­min­is­tered rough jus­tice?

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