I hadn't read anything by Richard Hull, so this was a first try. This is a compressed story, compared to the other titles by the Author, and built around a psychology, that I found confusing at times and interesting at others. I spent the first part of the book trying to figure out where the Author was going with the plot. Although, most Readers will see Guy as the star of the book, the time spent with Mr. Pennington, and with Cynthia Trent is much more interesting. She would normally be the love interest and it would have added more in my opinion, if it had gone that way.
I think this book would have worked better for me, if it had been longer. It would still have relied on much of the back and forth and irascible characters, but at times it felt a little flat. Hull is still worth reading and 1946 was a great Era for British Authors. I love the Golden Age Authors and their writing, so, I am going to read another Hull to compare.
His pen scratched the paper slowly, “I murd – I say, how do you spell ‘murdered’?”
Engineering Company has come into a bit of financial trouble. And it
seems the Ministry-sent Barry Foster might just have something to do
The company directors, Arthur Shergold and Guy Reeves,
decide Foster must be stopped, and when Reeves confesses to the murder,
it’s surely an open-and-shut case.
But as Detective Hardwick looks closer at the confession, he’s not so sure Reeves is their man.
Filled with comic wit and an ingenious plot, Left-Handed Death is a classic Richard Hull crime not to be missed.