The Boomerang Clue is one of those Agatha Christie books that does not feature any of her known characters like Poirot, Miss Marple or Tommy and Tuppence. And I love it all the more for that. Although the protagonists here are lesser known, the book and its plot is pure genius and thoroughly enjoyable.
The Boomerang Clue is also known as Why Didn’t They Ask Evans which seems a most fitting title. That is because the story hinges on these very words spoken by a dead man. Bobby Jones has been dispatched from the Navy due to poor eyesight. The youngest son of the vicar in a Welsh village, he is at a loose end. He is enjoying a game of golf with the local doctor when they hear a cry and find that a man has fallen off the cliff in the mist. Bobby is left with the dying man as the doctor goes for the police. The dying man suddenly wakes up, asks ‘Why didn’t they ask Evans?’ and takes his last breath. Bobby finds the photograph of a beautiful woman in the man’s pocket. Another stranger turns up, and Bobby hurries back home for a sermon.
There is an inquest where the dead man’s sister turns up and the death is termed accidental. Bobby meets Frankie or Lady Frances who has grown up with. Class differences have driven a wedge in their relations, but they still adore each other. When an attempt is made on Bobby’s life, the two get talking and suspect that there is more to the dead man than meets the eye.
Their sleuthing leads them to another village and the Bassington FFrench family. Frankie pretends to be ill to get an invitation to their house. The mystery deepens as more characters are introduced. Frankie manages to learn the real identity of the dead man. Frankie’s host is acting odd, which leads to more suspicions. There will be lots of action and many more attempts on lives before the mystery can be solved.
The Boomerang Clue is really like peeling an onion. The plot thickens as the story progresses. In the end, the real culprit almost hoodwinks Frankie and Bobby. Badger, the loyal friend, provides some comic respite.
Who is Evans, and why was he left out? Will Frankie or Lady Frances work it out with Bobby? Will Bobby find gainful pursuits that please his father? Don’t miss reading The Boomerang Clue or Why Didn’t They Ask Evans. It is vintage Agatha Christie and an absolute must read!