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By Sydney J. Bounds
Linford Mystery Library: Large Print (2008)
ISBN: 978-1-84782-256-7
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Herbert White - August 11, 2008

Boomerang is another short and pithy mystery from the prolific pen of Sydney J. Bounds and it will delight not only fans of Bounds, but also anyone looking for a gripping mystery to ponder.

George Bullard is a bully and a braggart who alienates the staff at the Porthcove Studios Holiday Hotel when he threatens to sue anyone who damages his painting equipment or luggage - before even walking in the door. Bullard is there on a painting holiday that includes private tutoring by Keith Perry. In short order, Bullard is found dead, and to be honest, no one at the hotel is overly saddened to see him gone. Their main problem is that because he was such a bore, the police see them all - from guests to staff - as potential killers. Events take a decidedly nastier turn when someone not at all loathed by the denizens at the Porthcove also turns up, dead.

Much to his dismay, Detective Inspector Reid finds that uncovering the killer is not as easy as he first thought it would be, and secondly, Miss Isabel Eaton decides it is her duty to aid him in his investigation. Eaton is not your typical English amateur detective. First off. She's not an amateur. She is the proud owner and agent of Eaton Investigations, a private detective firm. Secondly, she's not even British. She's an American. Last, but not least, she's a bit of an odd-ball to put it mildly.

Boomerang is an all-around good read. The story is not quite a hard-boiled mystery, but neither is it a cozy mystery. The plot is complicated enough not to make the killer's identity clear until well into the story and the characters are fun to follow as they try to untangle themselves from the web of intrigue surrounding the plethora of bodies that keep sprouting up around the Porthcove.

Boomerang can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft, the parent company of the Linford Mystery Library.

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