Death Among the Dons

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Described by Oxford scholar and crime fiction reviewer T. J. Binyon as 'probably the best crime novel set in a women's college since Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night' Janet Neel's Death Among the Dons is set in Gladstone College, an all-female, almost forgotten outpost of London University. The college is living beyond its means, its buildings crumbling and its books not balancing. The Warden is found dead in mysterious circumstances and then a knife-wielding prowler claims three victims in the college grounds. ...
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Described by Oxford scholar and crime fiction reviewer T. J. Binyon as 'probably the best crime novel set in a women's college since Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night' Janet Neel's Death Among the Dons is set in Gladstone College, an all-female, almost forgotten outpost of London University. The college is living beyond its means, its buildings crumbling and its books not balancing. The Warden is found dead in mysterious circumstances and then a knife-wielding prowler claims three victims in the college grounds. Policeman John McLeish, now a Superintendent and back in uniform, is also a father. His wife Francesca, looking for a gentle way of resuming her career after motherhood, agrees to help Dame Sarah Murcheson sort out the problems of Gladstone College, only to find it could be the death of her.

Award-winning author Janet Neel has hit the mark with this critically acclaimed British mystery series featuring Police Superintendent John McLeish and his wife, Francesca Wilson. On maternity leave, Francesca is grateful for a part-time position as the college's bursar--until she discovers murder at academia's ivory tower. Martin's Press.

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Francesca Wilson, now married to Superintendent John McLeish (Death of a Partner, etc.), is released from thralldom to her demanding baby son by a summons from her friend Dame Sarah Murchieson, the new Warden of Gladstone College, to take over the Bursar's job at Gladstone. It's academic business as usual, as Francesca finds when she looks up from the college accounts (which strongly suggest long- term fraud by a trusted caterer) to see that she's incurred the enmity of Deputy Warden Alice Hellier (resentful that she was passed over for the Warden's job and her husband George for the Bursar's)—and when she sees Sir Neville Allason, Permanent Secretary of Education and Science, soothe his grief over the death of Dr. Judith Symonds, the old Warden and his former lover, by taking brilliant young medieval historian Louise Taylor as her replacement. But then nocturnal assaults on two Gladstone students are followed by a murderous attack on Louise, and Francesca and John wonder how accidental Judith Symonds's death really was. Neel handles both her troubled principals and their academic background with a mastery worthy of P.D. James's warm heart and cold eye.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906288921
  • Publisher: Ostara Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/21/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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