Historian Gilliam Adams has returned to King's College, Cambridge at the invitation of Alistair Greenwood, the brilliant Regius Professor. But after she has delivered her lecture Greenwood is shot dead before her eyes. Edward Gisborn, the Scotland Yard detective, is seconded to the investigation.
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In the month or so since Teri began this thread, I've tried several authors new to me and recommended at various times on DorothyL. Far and away the best find was Nora Kelly's IN THE SHADOW OF KING'S, the first in a series featuring Gillian Adams, a Canadian history professor on sabbatical in England in this one. As she prepares to deliver a guest lecture at Cambridge, there's an absolutely wonderful description of her listeners: ""The audience shuffled towards the plastic chairs, the older members occupying the seats at the front. Rows of faces seamed with age, bodies bent and crabbed with disuse, bald heads, liver spots, and myopia confronted Gillian. Dressed like scarecrows, but clothed in wisdom, the venerable historians of Cambridge awaited her words."" Unfortunately only #1 and #4 are currently in print, with #2 and #3 to be reissued over the next few months. As I prefer to read in order, guess I'll just have to wait.-- Margaret CarrollFrom the Back Cover:
Historian Gillian Adams has returned to King's College, Cambridge, at the invitation of Alistair Greenwood, the brilliant though cold and egotistical Regius Professor. But after she has delivered her lecture and the applause begins to fade, Greenwood is dramatically shot dead before her eyes.
As a witness, and as a friend of Edward Gisborne, the Scotland Yard detective seconded to the investigation, Gillian is doubly involved, though the quest for Greenwood's murderer promises to be complex…after all, there are so many with good reason to wish him dead.
‘Good strong characters and a well-depicted Cambridge background’
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‘Suspicions are neatly divided and there's a plausible line in academic rascality’
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Book Description Fontana, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006176216