This book is a sequel to the first adventures of Thadeus Burke, continuing the antics of the aristocratic Lloyd’s insurance broker and his sister, Dr Freddie, together with Inspector Johnny Jackson of Scotland Yard. It is now the summer of 1926 and our hero, assisted by his loyal staff, divide their time between London and Cambridge. Following the Derby at Epsom, a body is found, a major art robbery occurs, and some very peculiar anonymous postal deliveries keep the amateur sleuths busy until they can finally relax at the theatre in Paris. Between the three main mysteries is woven a missing officeboy, a kidnapped child, and death at a séance. A rich variety of characters appear at the opera, funerals, cricket matches, and a nudist colony. Great fun in Britain’s last elegant decade, the 1920s.
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