In the perfect style of a sensational novel, Aaron Knight uncovers a crime wrapped in deceit, mysteries, and comedy, portraying with great humor the early XX century.
Case Of The Strangled Parrot starts with two corpses, a man and a parrot. As a socialite party occurred in Faversham Manor, a crime takes place, which had Scotland Yard skittering on the icy floor. Multiple characters play a dominant role in the novel. However, what makes this closer to an early Victorian sensational mystery, are the naive and amateur detectives that demonstrate to be better than the best police department of the United Kingdom, which is highly ironic and gives a sense of absurdity to the novel that is quite enjoyable.
The main characters were totally unexpected. Peter and Gwen became the center of attention from a story that seems to lack a solid course of action. The novel slowly introduced several characters with multiple backgrounds and purposes, which put the brakes on a plot that needed to move faster. Nonetheless, the behavior of the main characters, and their plans had a comedic aspect which helped the story to be more amusing.
As a mechanism to keep the mystery stagnated, which also enhances the inoperancy of the Police department, the novel moves around the same set of suspects without giving them much thought. In addition, the same policemen are working on the case, and later on, the author introduces a new cluster of characters without any apparent reason, which became a habit in the novel. However, as the story gets closer to its conclusion, the events start to fall a bit into place, and the story speeds up while making the readers laugh.
Moments of stress and recurrent jokes of the ineptitude of the characters became a comic relief while the intensity in the novel increased. Kidnappings, crossfires, and multiple treasons collided for a rapid closure and resolution of the mystery. As the villain and traitors wore excellent disguises, no other ending would have had the same impact.
A caper mystery of strangled birds and smuggling crimes, Case Of The Strangled Parrot is a short and entertaining story that you might have never read before.
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