Curtain Call: by Anthony Quinn a less driven Agatha Christie with some great characters

Book Reviews, Book Thoughts, London


The tiepin killer is targeting prostitutes, and on an assignation with a married society portraitist actress Nina Land sees someone who she suspects is him. Meanwhile theatre critic Jimmy Erskine fears his fading career and his long-suffering assistant Tom meets a young woman who helps him after an episode – but we learn she too has secrets – that lead to the killer.

So, I read this book because I thought it looked like an Agatha Christie. And in some ways, it wasn’t far off. The setting and time period were similar, the characters endearing, flawed, dramatic and well painted and the sequence of events gradually affected by the deaths. I was drawn into the stories of the characters – but not so much the mystery.