Harold Brownrigg is a chemist with a few money problems and a wandering eye. His wife, Millie, is just dull and stupid, nothing like some of the pretty girls that come into his shop. But none are so captivating as Phyllis, a young woman half his age.
However, Phyllis feels guilty about what they are doing even if he does not, and so decides to end it. This is too much for Harold, especially when he hears that Phyllis has been seen about town with a younger chap in a flashy car. It is becoming more and more obvious for Harold that Millie is just a problem he needs to get rid of. Once he has got rid of her, not only will it clear the way for him to be with Phyllis but he will also be able to get his hands on the money left to Millie by her father.
And so begins the intricate planning of a murder.
They Never Get Caught was an interesting, engaging read. I felt very sorry for poor Millie as I moved through the story. Harold was extremely cold, even when he felt unnerved by what he was trying to do. The twist in the tale – which I won’t mention – was very good. I didn’t expect it, probably because I was too preoccupied by the callous nature of Harold.
If you like ‘golden age’ crime stories, then I would recommend They Never Get Caught to you.
This short story was found in Great Crime Stories by Chancellor Press.