This is the first Percy Peach novel, or at least the first featuring DS Blake. It sets the tone and conventions for the novels to follow: Peach joins the North Lancashire golf club, heaps scorn and mockery on his boss Tommy Tucker, is assigned a murder investigation in which the body has been found 2 years after the fact, and brings the investigation to a successful conclusion despite the lack of physical and forensic evidence. In this case there was essentially no evidence against the perpetrator, so Gregson had to invent a Perry Mason-like ending in which the accused simply confesses after being confronted with the suspicions against him.

Not one of the best in the series.



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Metadata Info

  • Title: Missing, Presumed Dead (Inspector Peach #2)
  • Author: J.M. Gregson
  • Published: 1997
  • ISBN: 0727851535
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  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 3.0 stars