Cue for Murder and Who’s Calling by Helen McCloy

I continue to like this author’s works more because of their entertainment value than actual scientific facts/investigation. There are times I felt like I should check the possibility of a certain train of thought/psychological pronouncement, but I left it alone in order to enjoy the plotline itself.

Cue for Murder: This story begins with a troubled setup. Basil Willing has a friend who gets him involved when he runs into her before the showing of a play. The play (or rather the murder) happens in such a manner that it amounts to a closed room mystery. There are random pieces of hints with a canary and a housefly that ultimately falls in place, but I for one could not have guessed how it would go.

Dr Willing is initially an unwilling participant but a chance notice of a newspaper article has him concerned, and rightly so. This provides him with the drive to get to the bottom of things. It is not a long tale, and things keep moving (even if the end result takes its time to arrive).

Who’s Calling: The psychology behind this was a little far fetched but the number of characters introduced and the variety of relationships kept me interested enough to overlook any doubt about the ending itself.

We have a beautiful and possibly scheming woman getting ready to spend some time with her possible future mother-in-law. Her arrival is received in varying degrees of hostility by everyone in the vicinity of the place she is to stay. Things start to heat up until the most unexpected of people ends up dead. This has everyone scrambling to find a semblance of reason over the demise. This is when Dr Basil Willing comes onto the scene. What follows is standard, and since we are already at the halfway point by the time he arrives doesn’t he scene, the revelations between all the people are that much more exciting.

I have read quite a few of the author’s previous works and reviewed them on the blog(aren’t the covers gorgeous?):

I received both books as ARCs thanks to Netgalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of these and the previous works.

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