Book description from jacket cover:
Nigel is lecturing the Maiden Astbury Literary Society on modern poets when he's buttonholed by Eustace Bunnett, the local brewery owner, on quite another subject. Bunnett, a mean and vindictive man, wants to know who murdered Truffles, his fox terrier, by hurling him into an open brewery vat. As Nigel tours the brewery the next day, he makes a gruesome discovery - a half disjointed skeleton simmering in the very same vat. Keys, jewelry and false teeth all identify the victim as Bunnett himself! Everyone, from his browbeaten family to his overworked employees, had reason to hate Eustace Bunnett. But only one hated him enough to kill!
My first Nigel Strangeways mystery. A fun cozy, decent plot with twists and turns and fun characters. Several good suspects. I did figure out who did it, but the how had a nice little twist to it. I did not get to meet Nigel's wife, Georgia, in this story as she was 'out of town' when he embarked on this adventure. I am looking forward to meeting her in the next one!
'I don't believe in justice in the abstract. Some crimes are 'just' and some actions are criminal. I suppose I do it because criminal investigation gives one an unique opportunity of studying people in the nude, so to speak. People involved in a case - particularly murder - are always on the alert, on the defensive, and it's when they're trying to cover up one part of their mind that they expose the rest. Even quite normal people start behaving in the most abnormal way.'
'Nigel watched Mr. Grimshaw with fascination: his ears wiggled as he talked, which drew attention to the ginger colored hair that sprouted out of them; he also had a habit of munching before every sentence, as though the words would sound better if they were chewed up small.'
'Have some more beer?'
I recommend you grab a beer or a cuppa tea and curl up with a Nicholas Blake novel soon, you won't be sorry!