No Friendly Drop (1931)
best. Insp. Poole, one of the most
likeable police detectives—competent, intelligent and human without the
effeteness of Alleyn (witness his agreeably subdued romance with the
secretary)—does a very competent job of working out which of the
Lord Grayle, all of whom are greedy, ambitious and unscrupulous (Wade,
nobleman, views his own class as corrupt and untrustworthy), unless it
butler, administered the di-dial and scopolamine, and how, paying more
attention to psychology and motive than to opportunity, and being led
astray by a beautiful woman he believes to be poisonous, but which
grows slower than empires, and more vast…
The crime is at once complicated and simplified by the death of
prime suspect, either suicide or execution.
Towards the end, however, it seems as though
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