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Summary

When Professor Julius Arnell breathes his last in the British Museum Reading Room, it looks like death from natural causes. Who, after all, would have cause to murder a retired academic? 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 the two deaths? 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.

©2016 Estate of John Rowland (P)2017 Soundings

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fairly tedious

there's a reason why some books have been out of print for 70 years.

despite being set partly in the British museum, near which I live now, and partly in Sheffield where I was raised I found it difficult to engage with this dull grind of a story.

however it was very well read by Peter Wickham who is one of the best narrators around

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Pleasant diversion

A light read but enjoyable. Some nice touches of humour and well characterised - don’t expect too much from the plot.

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  • James Tichenor
  • 07-01-18

Artfully done sleuthing

Really enjoyed spending time with the charming characters in this book. Twists and turns and easy on the ears narrator.

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  • barbara
  • 04-09-17

Dated take

I enjoyed listening to this tale if only because it when it was written and because the narrator is excellent. However the plot is the and the characters are never developed

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