Death on the Aisle Author:Frances and Richard Lockridge This is the fourth book in the long-running series featuring married sleuths Mr and Mrs North, written by husband-and-wife authors Richard and Frances Lockridge. The Jerry and Pam North characters first appeared in book form in a collection of lightly comedic short stories, Mr. and Mrs. North (1936), by Richard Lockridge alone and were not origi... more »nally investigators or involved in crimes at all. This only changed when the characters were re-used for novels that Richard co-authored with his wife Frances Lockridge. Starting in 1940 with The Norths Meet Murder, the series would go on until 1963. Thus this pair of sleuths would prove far more long-lived than other married detectives like Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles, Patrick Quentin’s Peter and Iris Duluth and Kelley Roos’ Jeff and Haila Troy.
“There was a man dead in a seat in the West 45th Street Theatre, which was against regulations.”
Like the Duluths, the Norths also get involved in crimes set in New York’s bustling theatre scene and this time Pam and Jerry are at the final dress rehearsals for a new comedy entitled ‘Two in the Bush’ when the onstage histrionics are interrupted when the director finds the body of Dr Carney Bolton, celebrity playboy and physician (!), whiz financier and also the play’s highly unpopular and meddling backer. He is found back in the aisle with an ice pick through his neck, which proves particularly annoying for the North’s good friend Detective Lieutenant (Acting Captain) William Weigand, not just because it’s his day off but because he and his girlfriend Dorian were just about to head off and get married that afternoon and so are desperate to get away.« less