Safe Secret by Harry Carmichael, Macmillan Company 1964, hardcover mystery, “A Cock Robin Mystery” Carmichael was the primary pseudonym of Leopold Ognall. He also wrote as Hartley Howard, mostly about PI Glenn Bowman. (thanks, Jeff)
“No matter how often men are warned not to mix big money and beautiful women, they don’t seem to remember the warnings very long. Richard Thornton remembered for about forty years, and then–as his employer, his wife, and his associates ruefully learned–Richard apparently forgot, to the tune of £35,000 of his employer’s cash.
Insurance investigator Piper, his reporter friend Quinn and Detective-Inspector Hoyle must find out where Thornton, and the money have gone.”
This is a fairly traditional British mystery, with a few plot twists and more than one deadly encounter. This is the first one I’ve read by this author, having chosen it after a review I read somewhere or other. A nice switch from the science fiction and fantasy on which I’ve been focused.
This author is new to me, but he did write a lot of books. I am glad you enjoyed this one.
I don’t remember where I read the review, but as I said, it was a change. You still reading the McCaffrey?
I just started Dragonsdawn today. I am liking it already. You were right, it seems to be a good place to start.
Back when I was selling books, I remember getting a number of those Piper & /or Quinn books, though I never read one of them. Carmichael was the primary pseudonym of Leopold Ognall. He also wrote as Hartley Howard, mostly about PI Glenn Bowman. I remember them because they did a few in Crime Club White Circle paperbacks.
Thanks, Jeff, I’ll add the information. Is Cock Robin Mystery the U.S. version of the white circle Crime Club?
I used to see some Harry Carmichael books at Library Book Sales years ago. I haven’t seen this one. Sometimes a traditional British mystery is entertaining and fun.
This was a nice break from science fiction, but I’ve read better mystery novels.