Welcome to Westmorland. Perhaps the most scenic county in England! Home of the poets! Land of the great artists! District of the Great lakes! And the scene of a mysterious crime....
Swanton Morley, the People's Professor, once again sets off in his Lagonda to continue his history of England, The County Guides.
Stranded in the market town of Appleby after a tragic rail crash, Morley; his daughter, Miriam; and his assistant, Stephen Sefton, find themselves drawn into a world of country fairs, gypsy lore and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.
When a woman's body is discovered at an archaeological dig, for Morley there's only one possible question: could it be murder?
Join Morley, Miriam and Sefton as they journey along the Great North road and the Settle-Carlisle Line into the dark heart of 1930s England.
©2016 Ian Sansom (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Praise for Death in Devon: "Much recommended for a frolicsome read." (Country Life Magazine)
"The magnificent Morley is very good company, and Sansom has a lovely way with a mind-bending puzzle...superbly entertaining." (The Times)
"The team first appeared in The Norfolk Mystery and it is largely a pleasure to encounter them again.... Cheerily old-fashioned." (Times Literary Supplement)
Praise for The Norfolk Mystery:
"A delightful, idiosyncratic mystery.... Professor Morley promises to become a little gem of English crime writing; sample him now." (Daily Mail)
"A brilliant first outing that leaves you looking forward to the next maniacal mystery tour." (Evening Standard)
"Beautifully crafted by Sansom, Professor Morely promises to become a little gem of English crime writing; sample him now." (Daily Mail)
I was eagerly awaiting the third in Ian Sansom's County Guides series and have not been disappointed. This was a satisfying whodunnit with the bonus of a deeper exploration of the character of Steven Sefton, the narrator, who emerges as a very much more complex character than simply the sidekick to the (wonderful) Swanton Morley. Ian Sansom's writing is rooted in a warm and humane world view, and the sometimes dark subject matter is constantly lit up with a turn of phrase which is irresistibly funny. Mike Grady's reading is brilliant, he really brings the characters to life. Hugely recommended.
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