With its twists, turns, and question mark ending, Caroline Miniscule is a splendid thriller. Mr. Taylor's writing style is reminiscent of the better writers from the Golden Age of whodunits, and the characters and plot are an Alfred Hitchcock lover's dream come true.
The story follows William Dougal, a semi-reluctant scholar in an obscure field, who isn't thinking quite straight after finding the murdered body of his tutor. He is immediately commissioned to analyze a fragment of a medieval document by a mysterious man he suspects knows more than he should about the murder, but takes the job for much needed cash. When his employer is murdered, a letter from the man is delivered to William with an invitation to a treasure quest. William and his girlfriend set out on the trail and encounter smiling bad guys, nebbishy good guys, church ladies and vicious dogs along the way. It's a very entertaining romp, and William's angst over some of his less than admirable choices make this much more than a formula chase.
I was thrilled to find out that William Dougal appears in more of Mr. Taylor's books and I can't wait to read them. This was the perfect way to spend a winter afternoon!