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The Secret of High Eldersham
by Miles Burton and Martin Edwards


Overview - 'They're terrible mistrustful of strangers in these parts.' Samuel Whitehead, landlord of the Rose and Crown, is a stranger in the lonely East Anglian village of High Eldersham. When the newcomer is stabbed to death in his pub, and Scotland Yard are called to the scene, it seems that the veil dividing High Eldersham from the outside world is about to be lifted.  Read more...

 
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Overview
'They're terrible mistrustful of strangers in these parts.' Samuel Whitehead, landlord of the Rose and Crown, is a stranger in the lonely East Anglian village of High Eldersham. When the newcomer is stabbed to death in his pub, and Scotland Yard are called to the scene, it seems that the veil dividing High Eldersham from the outside world is about to be lifted. Detective-Inspector Young forms a theory about the case so utterly impossible that merely entertaining the suspicion makes him doubt his own sanity. Surrounded by sinister forces beyond his understanding, and feeling the need of rational assistance, he calls on a brilliant amateur and 'living encyclopedia', Desmond Merrion. Soon Merrion falls for the charms of a young woman in the village, Mavis Owerton. But does Mavis know more about the secrets of the village than she is willing to admit? Burton's best novels are fast-paced and crisply told, and The Secret of High Eldersham--which uncovers ancient secrets in sleepy rural England--is among the most entertaining of all his crime stories.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781464205835
  • ISBN-10: 1464205833
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 256
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

Series: British Library Crime Classics

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Books > Fiction > Crime
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Traditional

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-04-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

First published in 1930, this entry in the British Library Crime Classics series evokes a time when stouthearted chaps did their duty for king and country, and the village had only one telephone. When Samuel Whiteheard, the landlord of a pub in the remote English hamlet of High Eldersham, is found stabbed to death in his hostelry, baffled Det. Insp. Robert Young calls on his old chum Desmond Merrion, “a bachelor of independent and very considerable means” and “a living encyclopedia upon all manner of obscure subjects,” to help him unravel the mystery. The cast includes suspicious yokels, nervous aristocrats, uppity servants, and puzzled policemen. Beautiful and plucky Mavis Owerton, who’s being courted by one of High Eldersham’s wealthier inhabitants, catches more than Merrion’s eye. This book marks the first appearance of amateur sleuth Merrion, who went on to feature in nearly 60 novels from Burton (1884–1964). (June)

 
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