I read this for a fair review for a copy of the book from Sapere Books.
Oliva Strode is an historian living in the small village of Affacombe, she immediately made me think of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. A sort of friendly busybody who always appears when a crime is committed. Her son is about to propose to Julian, the daughter of a local family the Winship's, when some anonymous letters are received by some residents of the village which ends up having serious repercussions.
These letters involve the local boys school and The Ainsworths who run it, The Garnishes who own the estate that the school is on and Julian's mother Barbara Winship as well as local man who has been having an affair. The nurse at the school goes missing and is found to have been murdered. Toye and Pollard are brought in to help the village policeman Inspector Dart.
This book was written in the 1968 and I enjoyed the cosiness of the village setting and how the author introduces the characters and also her use of history to describe and explain the village festival of St Lucca's Revel. Toye and Pollard are brought in to help the village policeman Inspector Dart. Blackmail, intrigue and bank robbery, I didn't really guess who had done it but it was traditional cosy crime and an enjoyable 4 stars.
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