When Nigel Strangeways is invited to address a Dorset literary society he little expects his visit to coincide with murder... Who is the body in the brewer's vats? And who put it there?
Private detective and poet Nigel Strangeways is invited to address the Maiden Astbury literary society. The picturesque Dorset town is home to Bunnett's Brewery, run by the much disliked, and feared, Eustace Bunnett and shortly before Nigel's visit, Bunnett's dog Truffles, was found dead in one of the brewery's vats. The culprit was never caught - -although there was no shortage of suspects -- but when a body is then found in the same vat, boiled down to its bones, Nigel is called into action to help capture the killer.
The third book in the Nigel Strangeways series, this is a gloriously inventive, puzzling and witty investigation to delight all fans of classic crime.
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NICHOLAS BLAKE was the pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in County Laois, Ireland in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, he was brought up in London by his father, spending summer holidays with relatives in Wexford. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927. Blake initially worked as a teacher to supplement his income from his poetry writing and he published his first Nigel Strangeways novel, A Question of Proof, in 1935. Blake went on to write a further nineteen crime novels, all but four of which featured Nigel Strangeways, as well as numerous poetry collections and translations. During the Second World War he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information, which he used as the basis for the Ministry of Morale in Minute for Murder, and after the war he joined the publishers Chatto & Windus as an editor and director. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968 and died in 1972 at the home of his friend, the writer Kingsley Amis.Review:
"Blake's resourceful and well-read amateur investigator Nigel Strangeways is a distinctive sleuth, inveigling his way into the trust of his suspects via a loquacious charm" * The Times * "A master of detective fiction" * Daily Telegraph * "His plots are ingenious" * Times Literary Supplement * "The Nicholas Blake books are something quite by themselves in English detective fiction" -- Elizabeth Bowen
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Book Description Crime Club, 1973. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 056114