Sergeant Bobby Owen is spending the weekend at Cambers, the country seat of Lady Cambers. Well, Lord and Lady Cambers but they don’t exactly spend much time together. But in the morning, Lady Cambers is found dead – strangled. But why was she out of the house in the middle of a field?
Her jewellery has been taken but Bobby believes there’s more to it than that. Is it a husband wishing to be free of a loveless marriage? The local vicar, determined to prevent the blasphemy of a local dig? A greedy heir determined to gain his inheritance early? Or another motive lurking beneath the surface? Bobby has to get to the bottom of things while treading carefully – he is out of his Scotland Yard jurisdiction and the local police may have other ideas.
Book six of the Bobby Owen series and the first of the second tranche of releases from Dean St Press. This was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. I’ve already taken a run at Crossword Mystery – the third book – and rather enjoyed that one. And this one is very much in the same vein.
There is an odd section after the murder where the investigators spend a lot of time speculating rather than investigating, but things soon pick up. There some very interesting bits and Punshon takes his time establishing his characters. He’s clearly just read a book about evolution with some very interesting discussions on that topic from one character.
Owen is very meticulous in citing his theories and Punshon plays very fair with the reader. I found the ending satisfying and surprising in an odd sort of a way. I’m looking forward to reading more of the series – it’s a fair bit more straightforward than some other Golden Age stories, but it’s enjoyable all the same. Recommended.