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Brisk and neatly plotted, the second Imogen Quy mystery (after The Wyndham Case) relies heavily on the skills of its engaging amateur sleuth, school nurse at St. Agatha's College, Cambridge. Imogen's lodger, graduate student Frances Bullion, has just undertaken to ghostwrite a study of Gideon Summerfield, a relatively obscure mathematician. Always kind, loyal and compassionate (but relentlessly nosy), Imogen agrees to help and soon discovers that the three previous Summerfield biographers are all either missing or dead. Summerfield's vituperative widow hounds Frances and demands the return of her husband's papers, and Imogen is threatened by thugs. What could a bookish mathematician have in his background to inspire such malevolence? Imogen checks with her well-placed contacts (a local detective and the wife of St. Agatha's director of studies) and eventually goes off on a horrific but edifying trip to Wales. A warm circle of friends in a quilting group inadvertently provides some clues to a mystery as intricate and finely constructed as one of the hand-sewn quilts so central to the story.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Imogen Quy (rhymes with "why" ) returns after successfully solving The Wyndham Case (1993) for her employer, St. Agatha's College, Cambridge University, where she works as the college nurse. Like the first in the series, this rather gentle story is ever so cozy--murders, yes, but no obvious blood, gore, or violence. Imogen's tenant/friend Fran, a struggling graduate student, gets an unexpected windfall by way of her adviser, who turns over to her the job of writing a biography of a deceased mathematician, formerly of St. Agatha's. All rather boring, if truth be told, since the deceased led a seemingly uninteresting life--except for the fact that, of the three other people who have tried to write his biography, two have disappeared and one is dead. A clever plot and the likable Imogen are the main features here, along with Walsh's rather good send-up of academicians and their pretensions. An excellent mystery in the very English tradition. Stuart Miller --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description