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Vicious Circle

By Douglas Clark

Masters and Green are called upon once more to save the local police from potential scandal.

When old Mrs Carlow dies of, seemingly, a self-administered overdose of her prescribed medicine, digitalis, local officials are most awkwardly placed. The tangle of family intermarrying in the small county town of Croxley is such that Mrs Carlow’s doctor, her solicitor, the coroner and the police chief are all related to her-and of course to each other.

And thus the Yard is called in, and our old friends Chief Superintendent Masters and Chief Inspector Green are soon having to tread delicately in an enquiry in which several of their important witnesses and colleagues are possible suspects.

Yet it still seems highly likely that the self-willed, arrogant old woman had unintentionally caused her own death. It wouldn’t be the first time that she had planned a faked attempt at suicide, to distress her relatives. But if so, how could she have obtained the overdose, now that her doctor was meticulously rationing her medicine? And if not, how had the overdose been administered?

Douglas Clark was born in Lincolnshire, 1919. He wrote over 20 crime novels and under other names, including James Ditton and Peter Hosier.

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