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By Nicholas Blake

ISBN-10: 1446476014

ISBN-13: 9781446476017

A classic homicide MYSTERY

The annual activities Day at revered public university Sudeley corridor leads to tragedy while the headmaster's obnoxious nephew is located strangled in a haystack. The boy used to be despised through employees and scholars alike, yet English grasp Michael Evans, who used to be visible sharing a kiss with the headmaster's appealing younger spouse prior that day, quickly turns into a first-rate suspect for the homicide. fortunately, his buddy Nigel Strangeways, nephew to the Assistant Commissioner of Scotland backyard, is available to aid examine the case.

A Nigel Strangeways homicide secret - the proper creation to the main fascinating and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.

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I am being rejected by nothing. By the arrogance of nothing. I switch on the radio, the tv, the cassette player, the hi-fi— all the gad­ gets Bob has plugged in everywhere. ” There’s even a radio in the john and a telephone right by the toilet. No way of escaping the barrage of Santavarvaran. So I dive into it, immerse myself in it, get drunk on it. I thought I knew the language well but find I can’t under­ stand a word. Every time I come here it’s the same: it takes me at least ♦ 19 ♦ Julia Kristeva a week to be able to make out a few intelligible syllables from amid the meaningless din, a few words I seem to remember learning but that now elude me.

But even “ indif­ ference” doesn’t entirely convey the formality tinged with anxiety that prevailed at such gatherings. The house was a mixture of Victorian and Santavarvaran. Gloria’s grandparents had built it in memory of the old England they should never have left yet where no truly rigorous-minded person, no one brought up in the puritan tradition that exists only to separate indi­ viduals from themselves, could really survive. But at the end of the last century Santa Varvara, while not exactly a paradise for elephant hunters, did offer what might be regarded as virgin soil.

That was the situation when Stan, without warning, died, and Gloria was left a widow. A funny kind of widow, people said, and she did her best to live up to the description. She owed it to Stan, with his love o f gambling, his quest for amusement, his nonchalance. Wouldn’t he have been proud of a wife who enjoyed her bereave♦ 31 ♦ Julia Kristeva ment? It was her duty to be a merry widow. — she was obscenely arrogant. I couldn't quite under­ stand all this, but then I wasn't really interested in understanding it and lent only a vague ear to rumor.

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