Imogen Quy returns to solve another intriguing Cambridge mystery, in the latest in an exciting series to rival Inspector Morse.
Jill Paton Walsh, born in 1937, is also the author of many non-crime novels for adults: the fourth of these, Knowledge of Angels", was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Before writing for adults she made a career as a writer of children's books and has won many literary prizes.
'Formidable talent ... not so much Reservoir Dogs, more agony aunt with the mind of Morse.' -- Sunday Express (The Bad Quarto) 20071104 'This is a satisfyingly convoluted tale, involving a family tragedy that took place many years before, as well as some ingenious sleuthing on the part of Imogen. In addition to this series, Paton Walsh has written two novels that continue Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series and there is the same scholarly sensibility and elegant way with a plot twist to be found in the living author's work as there is in that of the doyenne of detective fiction.' -- Christina Koning, The Times 20071104 'Jill Paton Walsh has created a Miss Marple for the 21st century.' -- Mirror 20071104 'An entertaining read' -- Sunday Times 20071104 'A jewel in the traditional English detective mode... Ms. Morse has arrived' -- Observer 20071104 'Imogen Quy positively sparkles on the page as an amateur sleuth.' -- Sunday Express 19920101 'In Imogen Quy, the author has created an admirable detective heroine, as unabashed as she is unaffected.' -- Times Literary Supplement 19920101 'Paton Walsh plots deftly and writes intelligently ... Sayers' many fans will be delighted.' -- Andrew Taylor, Independent 19980101 'Jill Paton Walsh demonstrates that the traditional ingredients of the woman sleuth, the academic background and a clever puzzle are still capable of being arranged into an entertaining and stimulating crime novel.' -- Manchester Evening News 19980101