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Imogen Quy returns to solve another intriguing Cambridge mystery in the latest in an exciting series to rival Inspector Morse. 

Another foolhardy Cambridge college-climber has died attempting Harding's Folly. This time it's John Talentire, one of the brightest young dons at St Agatha's, and the verdict is accident, compounded by idiocy.   

But Imogen Quy - her name rhymes with 'why' - can't help wondering how such a clever young man died so stupidly. And when a wildly eccentric production of Hamlet is interrupted by a murder accusation, Imogen has to look into it, uncovering more crime than she expected.

©2019 Jill Paton Walsh (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Mayhem among the learned

Good hearty mystery, complex and holds your attention to the end. A treat for lovers of character study. An interesting look at human foibles and an unexpected resolution to it all. The narrator could have been more animated and expressive. Overall a good yarn.

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  • 10-10-2020

Wonderful and engaging

Excellent plot and intriguing discussion of contemporary social and literary issues. Evocative of time and place.

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  • Melanie Bennett
  • 17-05-2020

A gem

Lovely evocation of Cambridge life with a clever and capable lead character in Imogen . Listen to JPW’s Lord Peter Wimsey novels when you’ve finished this series .

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  • angelene parr
  • 24-10-2019

Dreadful

I have loved all Jill Paton Walsh books including her Peter Whimsys. But this one! The story line was weak and there were parts especially discussing cot deaths/baby shaking syndrome that went on far too long and you lost the will to listen. It was disjointed and lacked a clear conclusion. It was poor and at times boreing I was very disappointed

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