The Three Taps is the first of Ronald Knox’s detective stories to feature private investigator Miles Bredon. In this case, Miles is sent by his employer - the appropriately named Incredible Insurance Company - to investigate the death of Mr. Mottram, who recently took out one of their so-called Euthanasia policies.
The victim was clearly gassed; but whether it was an accident or planned is a matter for some debate. While Miles focuses on suicide, his old wartime colleague Inspector Leyland feels that murder is more likely, so the two men - ably assisted by Miles’ wife Angela - puzzle out the problem together.
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Too pedantic and stylised for me.
- Mark H