Title: Tomfoolery (Tommy Fox #3)
Author: Graham Ison
Stars: 5 Stars
This is an oldie (1992) but a goodie. A first class British police mystery which is accurate for the time period. Subtle British humor coupled with a realistic plot of theft and murder. There is nothing in this book but a well told story so no one should be offended.
I rated this book 5 stars.
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When a walk-in thief rips off dozens of hotel rooms at a posh West London hotel, both Jack Gilroy and his governor, Tommy Fox receive the call. It seems the thieves had a taste for fine jewellery.
New Scotland Yard’s Detective Chief Superintendent Tommy Fox, operational head of the Flying Squad, takes on the case of tomfoolery. With a hundred’s grand worth of jewellery stolen, Fox knows this was a professional heist.
With two suspects identified, and the getaway car, Fox and Gilroy have a lot to start off with, or so they think.
There’s also a missing receptionist at the hotel … Wilkins. Could there be a connection? It is up to Detective Inspector Jack Gilroy and his team to find out, with Tommy Fox breathing down their necks.
When a set of finger prints are found in the getaway car, retrieved from the bottom of the river, Detective Sergeant Percy Fletcher is tasked with finding Jim Murchison, a small time crook.
Jane Meadows and Thomas Harley are linked through their golf club. Strangely, Thomas Harley has gone missing and his wife is worried. Soon, Jane Meadows and the man everyone thinks is Thomas Harley are the focal point of the investigation. They match the description of the thieves from the hotel.
Susan Harley seems to be totally oblivious to her husband’s antics.
But, Thomas Harley is also identical to Wilkins, the missing receptionist …
But Thomas Harley is dead … he is buried at a church. He’s been dead for some time. Confusion sinks in as the plot takes on a whole new turn.
A missing businessman, a mysterious funeral, a dead body and a near-naked blonde are not all that they seem. And so one thing leads to another … as it invariably does in the work of the Criminal Investigation Department. As Fox widens the circle of his enquiries, petty villains take cover — as do one or two members of the Flying Squad — and even a French detective in the South of France starts to feel threatened.
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published July 13th 2017 by Endeavour Press
(first published January 1st 1994)
About The Author:
Graham Ison was born and brought up in Surrey. The son of an artist, and the grandson of a composer, he served in the army for five years before joining the police. He spent most of his service with the CID at Scotland Yard and between 1967 and 1971 was Personal Protection Officer to Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. After a spell of duty with the Diplomatic Protection Group, he returned to Scotland Yard in 1981 as a detective chief superintendent. He retired at this rank in 1986 and now lives in Hampshire.