In the sleepy English village of Sanford Angelorum, professor and amateur detective Gervase Fen is taking a break from his books to run for Parliament. At first glance, the village he’s come to canvass appears perfectly peaceful, but Fen soon discovers that appearances can be deceptive: someone in the village has discovered a dark secret and is using it for blackmail. Anyone who comes close to uncovering the blackmailer’s identity is swiftly dispatched.
This is the 6th Gervase Fen mystery by Edmund Crispin – it is not the greatest whodunnit in the series but it has a great deal of humour most of which is derived not from the investigation but from the peculiarities of English village life that Fen meets in the course of his campaigning.
Not the best of Fen but still a very engaging read especially in a time of general election campaigning when faced with the absurdity and self-importance of politicians.