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Publisher's Summary

Fisher College at Cambridge lies between St John’s and Trinity Colleges. Here one morning the bed makers and gyps, clamouring for admission on the last day of term were admitted to find, lying across the path, the body of one of the college porters.
The murder of the porter begins a mystery which deepens when it is found that the unpopular Dean of the college is missing. The search for the murderer is conducted in part by the police and partly by the Vice President of Fisher College Sir Richard Cherrington, an eminent but slightly eccentric archaeologist with a penchant for amateur detection.
©1945 The Estate of Glyn Daniel (P)2016 Story Sound
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3 out of 5 stars
By Marie on 10-29-16

Enjoyable but overlong and repetitive

I was intrigued by the murder mystery in the book but the constant repetition of the clues and suspect statements made it hard to sustain my interest. The case is looked at by three different individuals, an eccentric college don and archaeologist, a local police inspector, and a Scotland Yard man. They spend so much of their time analyzing the same information, both internally and in spoken dialogue, that the story loses momentum and fizzles at the end. The reader sees little of an actual investigation.

I was especially taken aback when mild manner archeologist and Fisher College vice-president, Sir Richard Cherrington, goes off on a long diatribe about human suffering after he unmasks the killer. It was totally out of character.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Shadmac on 03-25-17

Sherlock Would Be Proud

Good old fashioned detective work updated skillfully. A regular "Who Done It" written so smoothly updated that I didn't think of Sherlock until it was over.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By K on 04-15-17

Tired and amateurish

This is a very dated piece of detective fiction. It smacks a little of a vanity project or a mere academic exercise and, as such, fails to excite or intrigue. Despite different narrative perspectives the various 'detectives' follow similar thought processes which ultimately become tediously repetitive. And, the constant reconsideration of theories gets increasingly irritating. Not only this but it's whole tone, it's a true period piece, reminds us of a time of ingrained snobbery, sexism and elitism and is presented as such with no sense of irony or satire and, like Blyton and perhaps even Christie, I for one, no longer find any charm in.

The narrator makes this tale much more bearable that it might have been but apart from this I really can't find anything positive to say to redeem it.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jaye what if on 03-11-17


When I started the audiobook I thought it was great but as I'm not a uni person I kept getting confused by who was who. I'm still not sure who actually did the murder maybe I'll have to listen to the audiobook again 😣😣😣

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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