Murder by Milk Bottle
by Lynne Truss
Truss’ second Constable Twitten Mystery is a combination of “The Keystone Cops” meet “The Carry-On Gang” in a performance in an old English panto! It’s a complete and utter silly farce! Some might find it TOO silly, but one cannot help but laugh at many of the antics that take place during the August Bank Holiday weekend of 1957.
Truss’characters are more like caricatures than personages. There’s Constable Twitten: painfully naive when it comes to matters of the heart; Inspector Steine: self-absorbed and totally oblivious to what’s going on in his own station house; and Sergeant Brunswick: the bumbling and dim-witted officer who cannot see the “forest for the trees”. Only Mrs. Groynes, the police station charlady is a fleshed-out character and yet we know that she is not what she seems to be!
When three seemingly unconnected people are murdered by being bashed over the head with milk bottles, it’s up to this bumbling lot to solve the murders. Their unorthodox methods are worthy of great guffaws but would certainly not be sanctioned by either Morse or Gamache!