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Skelton’s Guide to Suitcase Murders is the second in David Stafford’s Skelton series and as always, it is hard to discuss the sequels in a series! It’s 1929 in England and barrister Arthur Skelton is back and once again is asked to defend someone who seems guilty in every way. A body has been found in a suitcase and Skelton, thanks to his instincts and some larvae discovered in the suitcase, is soon convinced that all is not what it seems.
I absolutely enjoyed this book and truly, I thought it was better than the first. In the first, it took me a bit to warm to the characters, but reading this book felt like returning to a comfortable place. The banter is GREAT. It is understated and could be easily dismissed…except it is so witty and entertaining. The characters have really come into their own and I do hope there are more books! I liked them all, but particularly enjoy Edgar and Alan. I’ve been diving into a lot of historical mysteries lately and I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of entomological evidence in this story. As far as the mystery goes, it was interesting and twisty without being too far-fetched. I don’t want to give too much away, but there are also some moments of emotional depth that help to ground this story.
I will say, I finally had to look up the difference between a barrister and a solicitor! I let myself remain confused while I read the first book but I could not continue in ignorance for this one! 🙂 Based on my not-so-extensive Google research, a solicitor primarily deals with the public, advises clients, can draft legal documents…etc. A barrister can take on and receives details of a case from a solicitor and wears the wig and robe and can argue the case in court. I’m sure there are many more specific details, but I think that’s the gist! If you know more about this than me, please share your info! 🙂
If you are feeling like a cozy British mystery filled with witty banter and a clever plot, this is for you! As usual, I will always advise to read series books in order. The first book is called Skelton’s Guide to Domestic Poisons. You can read my review of that book here.