by Carol Westron
villagers of Fenchurch St. Paul.
Honeymoon are featured here, notably the estimable Mr Puffett. Wimsey, now the father of three young sons, investigates a crime of great importance in the village, the theft of Mr Puffett’s peaches on the day before the annual Flower Show. Talboys is a delightful, cosy, village mini-mystery, which shows Wimsey as a happily married man.
However, not all the inhabitants of Hilary Magna are as benign as its scenery. ‘Miss Tither, “rather long in the tooth”, as the Squire described her, was about fifty years of age and had sufficient means to pay for the domestic help which released her to poke her nose into the affairs of everyone for miles around. She was scorned and snubbed by most, but carried on her secret investigations and remedial campaigns against vice and sin with abhorrent fortitude. The village quailed in fear of her... Miss Tither was a campaigner, as well. Her weapon was her tongue, which she used like a pair of bellows, fanning a spark of a whisper into a consuming fire of chatter, a holocaust of pursuing flame.’
snow-white cloth and glistening glasses.
Baldwin converged amid soft rolling hills, their feet lost in a rich mass of trees, their slopes covered in pines, heather and gorse, until their tops showed dark where only moss and blaeberries grew. They took the East
Baldwin fork, passed a cluster of cottages and a school, and then, driving through an avenue of beeches, came to the home of the Quantrells. It was known as a mansion, the Manx term for a large family house in the country.’ (Half-Mast for the Deemster, 1953.)