What a Carve Up

The literary man and the turf accountant who share a cheap flat go to manorial digs for the reading of a will.

Snooty and bizarre cousins to the literary man (he proofreads pulp) are murdered “one by one”, in his phrase.

The late uncle is alive and vengeful for being “sponged off and considered an eccentric fogy”, on his own petard he is hoist.

An arduous composition based on earlier models pays off in a satisfactory deployment of the material in every corner.