About this book
Following the success of Vintage's republication of classic crime from Margery Allingham, these novels from the 1940s are now being reissued. The central character is Gervase Fen, an Oxford professor and sleuth. 'One of the undiscovered treasures of British crime fiction' A.L. Kennedy
Richard Cadogan, poet and would-be bon vivant, arrives for what he thinks will be a relaxing holiday in the city of dreaming spires. Late one night, however, he discovers the dead body of an elderly woman lying in a toyshop and is coshed on the head. When he comes to, he finds that toyshop has disappeared and been replaced with a grocery store.