I tried to start Bats in the Belfry ever since picking it for BL-Opoly but just couldn't get into it. Now, that I had an hour on a plane, I made some progress and am getting a serious hint of After the Funeral, with a note of Golden Age snark, and an aftertaste of some xenophobia.
I hope this turns out to be just a first impression and there is more to it than meets the eye right now. But right now, I cannot for the life of me figure out why someone would decide to volunteer to keep an eye on a total stranger just because that person is a total stranger who's ruffled another character's feathers...and we know nothing about any reasons so far.
Also, I have no idea how this relates to the deceased. At all. The only thing we do know about the stranger that apparently must be kept an eye on is:
1. That he reminds one of the characters of a "dago".
2. The he went to a pub.
3. That one of the characters doesn't like the look of him
So far, this is damned silly but one of the women characters is quite snarky and I am interested to see what part she'll play in this story.