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Death on the Cherwell
by Mavis Doriel Hay and Stephen Booth


Overview - For Miss Cordell, principal of Persephone College, there are two great evils in the world: unladylike behavior among her students and bad publicity for the college. This means it s a very, very bad day when a secret society of her students meets by the river on a gloomy January afternoonand finds the drowned body of the college bursar.  Read more...

 
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Overview
For Miss Cordell, principal of Persephone College, there are two great evils in the world: unladylike behavior among her students and bad publicity for the college. This means it s a very, very bad day when a secret society of her students meets by the river on a gloomy January afternoonand finds the drowned body of the college bursar. "Death on the Cherwell" follows the investigation, which initially focuses on the girls themselves and ultimately leads them to do some detecting of their own. Soon they uncover a tangle of secretsand clues that point to a fellow student.
This novel from the golden age of British crime fiction is sure to puzzle and charm fans of Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, and Josephine Tey."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780712357265
  • ISBN-10: 0712357262
  • Publisher: British Library Board
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 286


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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Traditional British

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-10-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Originally published in 1935, this Golden Age mystery from Hay (1894–1979) offers a mesmerizing plot and credible characters. When four first-year students at Oxford's Persephone College gather on the gently sloping roof of a boathouse overlooking the river Cherwell to form a secret society, they notice Myra Denning, the college bursar, lying in a canoe drifting down the river. Upon pulling the canoe to shore, the four undergraduates—Sally Watson, Daphne Loveridge, Gwyneth Pane, and Nina Harson—find that Miss Denning is dead, perhaps drowned. While none of the four was particularly fond of the bursar, they all do what they can to help the police in what becomes a homicide case. Investigating on their own, Sally, Daphne, Gwyneth and Nina manage to unearth secrets that lead to a dramatic conclusion. Readers will be grateful that this classic wasn't lost for present and future mystery lovers to enjoy. (June)

 
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