NO one could have foretold how it was going to end.
Not even the murderer.
Well, that's not quite true... I had the murderer picked out @41% and even had a hunch about the motive ... because the setup of this story reminded me of a Graham Greene story.
The downside of all this was that the following 59% of the book were pure tedium.
It is a shame because the Preview of the book, where we get a snap shot of the discovery of the victim before the story has even been set up, made for fun reading. Unfortunately, the actual story was riddled with excruciatingly over-written internal monologue, and no reference to Dickensian characters or attempts at a Poirot-like MC could make up for it.