from Inspector Lynley Mysteries: in Divine Proportion
from Marple: Ordeal by Innocence
Both suspects in two different murder mysteries.
Philip Durrant is a disagreeable fellow who ends up in a wheel-chair, due to Polio. Think: Guy of Gisborne, in wool instead of leather.
Philip has been trying to get control of his wife’s money, while having countless affairs through the years.
His wife seems a bit uptight
but that’s no reason to prey on her emotionally unstable, younger sister.
I’m not really a fan of this Philip. In fairness though, we don’t learn a whole lot about his character. Maybe he was never hugged as a child.
Now Philip Turner, on the other hand, I like much better.
In a I-know-I-should-stay-away but I-just-can’t-help-myself kind of way. Why is that? The opening scene, with the unmistakable voice, making all kinds of positive noise perhaps? This Philip is the “other man” to a married woman. We’re led to believe that it’s nothing close to love, but if the man wants to spend the night, let him! Waking up to this:
would not be a bad thing (and might have kept you alive, just sayin’).
Philip did take part in the town “secret” though,
and suffered for it.