Sunday Times

A Noise Down­stairs ★★ Lin­wood Bar­clay, Orion, R305

- Paul Davis · Paul Davis

Paul Davis is a lit­er­a­ture pro­fes­sor who was hit on the head by Ken­neth Hoff­man, a col­league who hap­pened to have the bod­ies of two women in the boot of his car when Paul stopped to of­fer road­side as­sis­tance. Now Ken­neth is in jail and Paul is at home re­cov­er­ing from his in­jury but suf­fer­ing from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der. He de­cides it might help to write about the event on the type­writer his wife has bought him. Then Paul starts hear­ing typ­ing in the dead of night.

Bar­clay dis­penses a bas­ket­ful of red her­rings along the way, but mostly of the good kind – the ones that swim close to the so­lu­tion while still throw­ing the ama­teur sleuth off track. Sue de Groot @deG­rootS1

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