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Published by Severn House, 31 May 2012. ISBN: 978-0-7278-8180-9
The Colonel has now been living in the peaceful
village of Frog’s End for eleven years following
the death of his beloved wife Laura.
After battling rising damp, death-watch beetle, rotting thatch and
general decay, he had finally got the cottage just how he liked it. With the cottage, to complete the picture had
come Thursday the cat, named aptly as he had appeared on a Thursday.
from Cornelia, an old friend of his late wife, professing that she needs his
help as her husband Howard is away on business and that something horrible has
happened, intrigues the Colonel and so leaving his garden and Thursday in the
capable hands of his neighbour Naomi, the Colonel sets off to Wiltshire to
give what assistance he can to Cornelia.
When Cornelia presents the Colonel with her ‘horrible
problem’, he is shocked to realise that she has done nothing about it for
several days and admonishes her to take action, but it is clear that Cornelia prefers
to wash her hands of the matter, and so the Colonel realizes that it’s down to
him to sort things out. After reporting the matter to the police, he sets off to do some investigating.
of King’s Mowbray clearly
has some wealthy inhabitants - Cornelia’s house is all plate glass and polished
wood, designed, Cornelia informs him proudly by the Danish architect Hans Birger. But it still has all the hall marks of the
English village the Colonel has come to appreciate, gossiping in the village shop,
the general nosiness of the residents, and the amazing jungle telegraph. A trip to the village for his paper and soon the Colonel begins to get a handle on
Cornelia’s problem – can he resolve it?
English village mystery. I was enthralled
from the first to the last page, by the marvellous characters and the prose. Margaret
Mayhew is a true storyteller.
Margaret Mayhew was born in London and her earliest childhood memories
were of the London Blitz. She began writing in her mid-thirties and had her
first novel published in 1976. She is married to American aviation author,
Philip Kaplan, and lives in Gloucestershire.