Synopses & Reviews
A quiet, ruthless killer strikes in London's theatre district. Superintendent Luke thinks he has seen the pattern before. Mr. Campion wonders what became of the old couple in the country bus who must have witnessed the crime... In this exercise in suspense, the trail leads to an eccentric museum in west London, and to a scrap yard in the East End.
Returning to the darker themes of Tiger in the Smoke, Allingham introduces a serial killer who is haunting London's Theatreland. The sparring between Sergeant Luke (who thinks he's got the case sewn up) and Albert Campion (who wonders what the old couple on the bus saw) is sparkling as ever, but readers will note that Allingham was shifting toward psychological themes that put her in the company of Ruth Rendell and Patricia Highsmith.