When Professor Julius Arnell breathes his last in the hushed atmosphere of the British Museum Reading Room, it looks like death from natural causes. Who, after all, would have cause to murder a retired academic whose life was devoted to Elizabethan literature?Read more...
When Professor Julius Arnell breathes his last in the hushed atmosphere of the British Museum Reading Room, it looks like death from natural causes. Who, after all, would have cause to murder a retired academic whose life was devoted to Elizabethan literature? Inspector Shelley's suspicions are aroused when he finds a packet of poisoned sugared almonds in the dead man's pocket; and a motive becomes clearer when he discovers Arnell's connection to a Texan oil millionaire.
Soon another man plunges hundreds of feet into a reservoir on a Yorkshire moor. What can be the connection between two deaths so different, and so widely separated? The mild-mannered museum visitor Henry Fairhurst adds his detective talents to Inspector Shelley's own, and together they set about solving one of the most baffling cases Shelley has ever encountered.
- ISBN-13: 9781464205798
- ISBN-10: 1464205795
- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
- Publish Date: May 2016
- Page Count: 250
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds
Series: British Library Crime Classics
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-14
- Reviewer: Staff
Queer things are going on at the British Museum in Rowlands’s amusing seventh Inspector Shelley mystery, which was originally published in 1938 and is now available in the British Library Crime Classics series. Scholars are dropping dead in the reading room, and suspects from every walk of life seem to be popping in to take a gander at the Egyptian exhibit or do a spot of research on minor Elizabethan poets. Mild-mannered mystery enthusiast Henry Fairhurst, incensed by the stentorian snores of a fellow researcher, goes over to express his displeasure. As Fairhurst draws near, the old duffer ceases snoring and tumbles out of his chair, dead. This gives Fairhurst the chance to break out of his dull routine and indulge in a real-life investigation. Fortunately, the official police officer in charge, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Shelley, doesn’t mind a little help from an amateur sleuth. In addition to the Inspector Shelley series, Rowland (1907–1984) wrote books on popular science and Unitarianism. (May)