The Man That Got Away (Constable Twitten #2)

The Man That Got Away (Constable Twitten #2) In The Second Instalment Of Lynne Truss S Joyfully Quirky Crime Series, Our Trio Of Detectives Must Investigate The Murder Of A Hapless Romantic An Aristocratic Con Man On The Prowl And A Dodgy Brighton NightspotIt Is Summer In Brighton And The Brighton Belles Are On Hand To Answer Any Holidaymaker S Queries, No Matter How Big Or Small The Quickest Way To The Station, How Many Pebbles Are On The Beach And What Exactly Has Happened To That Young Man Lying In The Deckchair With Blood Dripping From Him Constable Twitten Has A Hunch That The Fiendish Murder May Be Connected To A Notorious Brighton Nightspot And The Family That Run It, But Inspector Steine Is As Ever Distracted By Other Issues, Not Least Having His Own Waxwork Model Made And An Unexpected Arrival, While Sergeant Brunswick Is Just Delighted To Have Spied An Opportunity To Finally Be Allowed To Go Undercover Our Incomparable Team Of Detectives Are Back For Another Outing In The New Instalment Of Lynne Truss S Joyfully Quirky Crime Series

Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four rather peculiar years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women s Journal

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • The Man That Got Away (Constable Twitten #2)
  • Lynne Truss
  • 23 June 2019
  • 9781635574234

10 thoughts on “The Man That Got Away (Constable Twitten #2)

  1. says:

    The second book in this light hearted crime series set in Brighton, England in the late 1950 s The enthusiastic Constable Twitten returns to irritate the lazy Inspector Steine with his determination to actually solve crimes.These books are very, very English and I think you may need to be above a certain age and born in the UK to really appreciate all of the references and witticisms However there is still lots of fun to be had by any reader as Twitten continues to try and convince everyone that Mrs Groynes, the police station charlady, is actually a master criminal This was a fun read but I must admit to losing track of things in the middle when the plot seemed to take off in so many different directions I could not keep up Serious readers might want to keep notes I just let it flow past and waited for the author to link it all up at the end in a very satisfactory manner I am very much looking forward to another episode in the life of the Brighton Constabulary Will Sergeant Brunswick get shot in the leg again Will Twitten come to regret embracing the devil Is it possible to exceed the body count achieved in this book We can only wait and see.

  2. says:

    2.5 stars I wish to thank NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me with an ARC in return for an honest review I regret that I had difficulty maintaining interest in this book I usually enjoy quirky characters, humour and mystery, and am sorry that this didn t work for me The language and witticisms belonged to Britain of the 1950s and the references were sometimes lost on me I put effort into checking out unfamiliar words and names Jumping from one clever witty passage to another disrupted the hilarity I should have been feeling and became tiresome I did enjoy the quirky characters in the police department and in the criminal underworld I think many readers would appreciate this book, but it s style didn t appeal to me Set in Brighton in 1957, the police force is mostly in denial about a rising crime wave Constable Twitten is aware that a criminal mastermind is at work While Inspector Steine is getting measured for a wax effigy of himself at a tacky museum, Twitten steps outside the room and overhears a conversation between two young lovers planning to meet and run away together He makes notes of the details Soon the young man is found dead on a beach chair Twitten tries to convince Inspector Steine that he knows the identity of the man and his plans Since the police department refuses to recognize criminal activity, they promptly close cases as unsolved, much to the frustration of Constable Twitten Another body, this one headless, has been discovered in luggage This case is closed as lacking in clues, but Twitten knows some clues exist There is much to enjoy in the interaction of the idiosyncratic characters, but I regret that much of the clever repartee failed to resonate with me.

  3. says:

    I read Truss s first Constable Twitten mystery, but it wasn t until I read this one that I realized she appears to be writing an homage to Colin Watson s Flaxborough detective novels published from the late 50s to the early 80s Both series feature an Inspector who is a decent man but who has at least a couple of dozen IQ points fewer than his underlings, and a conwoman hiding in plain sight of the police force The Man That Got Away even has a bit of background plot about a matchmaking con, which was the main plot of Colin Watson s best novel, Lonelyheart 4122.Both series are comic novels, and we don t all enjoy the same type of comedy Truss s comedy is largely based on poor Constable Twitten s frustration that none of his superiors pay attention to his theories and even outright facts A little of that goes a long way, and I can definitely understand that it s too silly for some readers But behind the silliness is an action filled multifaceted plot, and an evocative depiction of Brighton in the late 1950s.

  4. says:

    You don t have to have lived in the 1950s to enjoy The Man that got Away However, it is eminently easier to understand if you re from England.There is a murder, a con man, and a criminal mastermind in Brighton, a beach town on the English coast in1957 Only young Constable Twitten has a chance to solve the crime if his bungling co workers don t stop him.I read many British mysteries But this series continues to confuse me with Briticisms and product names available only in England Possibly only in the past My Kindle dictionary doesn t even know what they mean I also don t like or relate to the bumbling policemen They have an office cleaner who is really a master criminal Their chief didn t notice he was being conned by the local wax museum Reading The Man that got Away forces the reader to totally suspend disbelief While I enjoyed this entry, the second, than the first, I still believe it was only good not great Still the mystery itself was entertaining Plus I enjoyed the delights and surprises of an English beach town 3 stars.Thanks to Bloomsbury USA and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  5. says:

    The Man That Got Away is an amusing crime thriller featuring the very delightful Constable Twitten Set in Brighton in 1957, this is a work with a very intricately woven plot that keeps one engrossed till the very end At the center of investigation are the owners of a local nightclub and Mrs Groynes, the charlady at the police station While she is in everyone s good books, Twitten knows that she is a criminal mastermind.The girl of the owners of the nightclub had planned to run away with her boyfriend against the wishes of her mother and brothers But the guy is found dead on the same day The girl had got not only an overprotective family but also than one admirers To further complicate the investigation, a well renowned criminal has been reported roaming around along with the tourists To answer tourists s questions there are the very charming Brighton Belles but there s no relief for Mrs Groynes who despite herself being a criminal mastermind is perturbed with the return of this old criminal.There is in this book all that you can imagine A secret door, a body without head packed in a suitcase, stinking drains, an heir trying to sell gold bricks, an Inspector with a romantic story about his parent s first meeting, the bloomsbury group of writers on a parade, wax statutes and what not And what I liked the most about this novel is that at no point it becomes confusing There a lot of characters and several different strands running parallel but the author has managed them very well.The story is, as I ve already said very amusing and engrossing The seriousness that a crime investigation demands is missing and in place of it we have the light hearted treatment and comedy It really works well and makes it even enjoyable There are also a lot of references to literary works and Hollywood movies This might be an issue for those who are not aware of those works One book in particular plays a prominent role in the whole investigation namely Noblesse Oblige by Nancy Mitford I actually checked out this one online.I do feel that the author should have limited these references For instance, at one point she has mentioned pathetic fallacy And that is something about which I learnt in my Masters Obviously a layman doesn t know what pathetic fallacy means So what s the use of making such references when they are lost to the reader Besides this I was disappointed by the ending to some extent The way it all ended and the final revelation were not at par with the rest of the book But I did enjoy the rest of the book I would recommend this one for the sake of the bally quirky Constable Twitten.My Rating 3 5

  6. says:

    The Man That Got Away is a 2019 parody whodunit whose title comes from a Judy Garland song Set in Britain, it could almost be a noir mystery given some of the dialogue, although there were plenty of corny characters that would have no place with the jaded cast of a true old time detective novel There s also the minor fact that the book is clearly meant to be laugh out loud funny, which it is It s a comedic mystery Weedy Petey is murdered and a bumbling group of keystone cops nearly prevents the only two people in the constabulary with brains from figuring out the whole mess The Brighton Constabulary are utterly, shockingly obtuse, so expect no help there There are a huge number of characters in the book, which is fairly typical in mysteries where you need plenty of possible suspects The law enforcement in this book are skewered for being easily distracted by tea and sweet treats One man is killed and police can t determine who the body belongs to despite finding the man s initials on his belongings Very enjoyable book for those who like to laugh while reading mysteries.

  7. says:

    Summer 1957, and life in the Brighton Constabulary is pretty much normal Constable Twitten is trying to convince his superiors that the station charlady is a murderous master criminal The Maison du Wax is begging Inspector Steine to sit for a mannequin of himself, for the small donation of thirty five pounds 10 shillings Sergeant Brunswick is going undercover as a trumpet player in the Black Cat night club to observe nefarious goings on Oh, and a young man with his throat slit is found sitting in a deck chair on the beach.This is a delightful read A dark crime comedy, filled with satirical wit, peculiar characters, and criminal antics The characters, while not all exactly likeable, each have a certain charm that adds much to the story The plot is intricate, involving murder, disappearances, and multiple con games all intertwined with cunning plot twists, and coincidences than you can shake a Dundee cake at My thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

  8. says:

    This was such a fun read Love the 1950 s setting The English setting is the topper.

  9. says:

    Inspector Steine is too stupid to have even made it through probation Twitten seems likable, but he is not in the story enough to keep me reading it I know this takes pace in the 1950s, but it is hared to believe this would have happened back then It is not funny, it is pathetic There are too many good books out there for me to waste any time reading this book.

  10. says:

    Perhaps this was a case of second bookitus but this time around I found the young hero annoying than funny and the various supporting characters were not much better Had to laugh at the derogatory comment about Littlehampton though I ll decide whether I can recommend after I read the next one.

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