Bones in the Belfry
Published in hardback July 2008 by Constable & Robinson Ltd
More vicissitudes for the vicar! Having extricated himself from the embarrassment of murdering a lady parishioner, the Rev. Oughterard is now plunged into the traumas of art theft. Forced by the shady Nicholas Ingaza into being a fence for stolen paintings, he endures the investigative probings of terrifying amateur sleuth and female novelist, Maud Tubbly Pole, hell-bent on portraying him in her next novel.
Haunted by the recent murder and fearful of exposure in his new role as fence, the Reverend blunders haplessly in a mesh of intrigue and risible deceit. As before, his antics are commented upon by his cat, the acidic Maurice, and redoubtable bone-grinding ally, the dog Bouncer.
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"This dry, funny British gem, with its eccentric cast of characters, will leave readers laughing and eagerly awaiting the next episode."
"Another mystery-romp featuring Francis Oughterard, the vicar of Molehill . . . For fans of Saki, E. F. Benson and P. G. Wodehouse."
Soho Press, U. S.
"Broad humor enlivens the novel from the names of characters and places to the dialogue and trenchant observations. Fans of cozy English mysteries will enjoy the setting and characters in Bones in the Belfry, a humorous tribute to Agatha Christie and other British mystery writers. A cliffhanger ending provides scope for a sequel."
Gumshoe Review, Aug. 2008