The Wyndham Case

Jill Paton Walsh, Author, Jill Paton Walsh, Author Minotaur Books $11.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-312-09420-1
The author of such acclaimed children's books as Gaffer Samson's Luck introduces an exemplary amateur sleuth in her fourth adult novel. Imogen Quy, who as a small child was taken to tea with E. M. Forster, is the college nurse at St. Agatha's College, Cambridge. Compassionate, intelligent and capable, Imogen (her last name rhymes with why ) is a kind young woman who believes in thinking things through. When a brilliant scholarship student is found dead in a pool of blood in Wyndham Case, a small library established by a 17th-century bequest, Imogen not only helps the police solve the case but also clears the dead boy of suspicion of theft. To do so, she weaves together threads involving a missing priceless book, a medical student drowned in a fountain, a professor imprisoned in a dungeon, feuding librarians, unrequited (and requited) love and a student on the run. In spite of a few frayed patches in the plot's fabric, Walsh produces a clear, sequential mystery, unmuddied by extraneous elements, whose intricate plot is resolved with surprising revelations in the final chapters--all related with precision, grace and a lovely sense of place. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 05/31/1993
Release date: 06/01/1993
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