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.
So what do you think? Do both Philips belong in the Loathe Him club, or should Turner get a pass?