First published: UK, 1935
Like Forsythe’s other detective stories, this is a pleasant but minor work. A businessman dies, apparently from natural causes, soon after marrying his much younger second wife; his body is exhumed, but no trace of foul play is found. Then his son, who pushed for the autopsy, is found shot through the head – an obvious murder. Affable Algernon Vereker (artist turned crime correspondent, in the Philip Trent tradition) pokes his nose in. Witty dialogue, astute observations on human nature. Contains a striking idea: get rid of victim by bringing them in contact with a germ-carrier. Otherwise, plot rather straightforward; solution unexciting.