Death Takes a Detour(1958)
(Book 38 in the Desmond Merrion series)
A novel by Miles Burton (John Rhode)
Death Takes a Detour, first published in 1958 as a Crime Club Detective Story, features Inspector Henry Arnold and Desmond Merrion, no. 57 in the series of British mysteries by Miles Burton (a pen-name for prolific author Cecil Street [1884-1964]). From the dustjacket: Inspector Arnold and Desmond Merrion have tackled many curious and difficult cases in their time but never one which led them on a longer and more puzzling trail than the death of Donald Carswell. It began when a sudden summer flood swept down on Brensford and marooned visitors and inhabitants alike in the attics and top floors of their houses. Before the waters had gone down a killer had struck. It was the odd behavior of many of the suspects which first began to puzzle the man from the Yard and his friend. Each theory they tested seemed to point to a criminal activity - but none of them seemed to point to a murderer. Arnold's steady determination and Merrion's fertile imagination make the two a formidable team. But in Death Takes a Detour they need to use all their ingenuity and resources to untangle an absorbing and complex case of the sort for which Miles Burton is famous.
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Used availability for John Rhode's Death Takes a Detour
April 2013 : USA Paperback
December 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition