Beginning with a Bash

Beginning with a Bash

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by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
     
 

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"DEAD AMID A SEA OF BOOKS, HIS HEAD BASHED IN."

Beginning with a Bash (a Leonidas Witherall mystery) by Phoebe Atwood Taylor (writing as Alice Tilton)

A freezing east wind blew through the streets of Boston. To Martin Jones, shivering outside a second-hand bookstore, the printed sign "Come in and Browse—it's warm inside" looked very inviting.

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"DEAD AMID A SEA OF BOOKS, HIS HEAD BASHED IN."

Beginning with a Bash (a Leonidas Witherall mystery) by Phoebe Atwood Taylor (writing as Alice Tilton)

A freezing east wind blew through the streets of Boston. To Martin Jones, shivering outside a second-hand bookstore, the printed sign "Come in and Browse—it's warm inside" looked very inviting. So in he went. But others too had sought the shelter of the store, among them Professor John North, who was shortly afterwards found dead amid a sea of books, his head bashed in.
Unfortunately for Martin, he is obviously suspect number one for the murder, and that was bad news.

The good news is that the bookstore is owned by Dot Peters, a friend from student days, and that she is assisted by Leonidas Xenophon Witherall (more often called Bill on account of his uncanny resemblance to William Shakespeare), the retired headmaster of the prestigious Boston academy which Martin had once attended.

Both believe in his innocence, and when Leonidas, making his bow in this delightful crime comedy whodunit, announces that they had just forty hours in which to secure the real murderer of Professor North, he appears so self-possessed that against all odds Dot believes he can actually do it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014868174
Publisher:
St. Swithin Press
Publication date:
08/12/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
486,679
File size:
942 KB

Meet the Author

Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1909 --1976) published over 30 mystery novels featuring either Asey Mayo (the Codfish Sherlock) or Leonidas Witherall (nicknamed "Bill Shakespeare" due to a more-than-passing resemblance to the Bard). Taylor lived almost her entire life in Massachusetts, giving her a familiarity with local geography and culture that is reflected in her always-charming mysteries.

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Beginning with a Bash (A Leonidas Witherall Mystery) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
studio139 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the darker outings for Taylor, but none the less humorous and charming. The Nook version has relatively few typos, which seems to be an issue with most of the other Nook editions of older material. If you have never read Phoebe Atwood Taylor, she has a gift for natural, witty dialog, well crafted plots that rarely go beyond the plausible. Her sense of place and sense of atmosphere greatly enhance the stories. There are at times in a few of her books, some passages of dialog that are surprisingly offensive, and one must remember the time period in which they were created, this is not to excuse the offense, but if one can look beyond that, they are quite entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you enjoy screw-ball type movies? Thrill to the zany antics of cross-talking situations? The confusion of farce excite your little gray cells? Then this and all of the books from this series will satisfy your desires. Alice Tilton is a gem of a writer along the likes of Craig Rice or Tanya Huffs' Summoning Series. You will be taken for a ride at break neck speed while learing the adorable slang from WWII. Truly well written and a good reason to explore these and the other series she wrote under her real name Pheobe Atwood Taylor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago