The False Inspector Dew

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The False Inspector Dew
Lovesey - The False Inspector Dew.jpg
Cover of the 1st US edition
Author Peter Lovesey
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre crime novel
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date
11 March 1982
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 256 p.
ISBN 0-333-32748-9
OCLC 10173771

The False Inspector Dew is a humorous crime novel by Peter Lovesey. It won the Gold Dagger award by the Crime Writers' Association in 1982 and has featured on many "Best of" lists since.

Plot introduction[edit]

It is 1921, and Alma Webster, a reader of romances, is passionately in love with her dentist, Walter Baranov. There is only one foreseeable outcome: the murder of his wife. Inspired by the real-life Dr Crippen case, they plot the perfect murder while aboard the ocean liner, Mauretania. The dentist takes on the identity of Inspector Walter Dew, Crippen’s nemesis, but when a murder occurs aboard the ship the captain invites "Inspector Dew" to investigate.

Literary significance and reception[edit]

The novel is highly praised by many crime fiction critics and writers. Julian Symons in his book Bloody Murder referred to it as “one of the cleverest crime comedies of the past few years.” Famous crime writer Ruth Rendell said in a review: “A masterpiece. I defy anyone to foresee the outcome.”


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