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“I listened to the audio of this, the second Inspector Redfyre mystery, without having read the first, and I had no problems diving right into the clever, Cambridge-set story. Despite the series being named for the inspector, the book is really quite an ensemble piece, with investigations by Redfyre's supervisor and colleague as well as plenty of side jaunts and back-and-forths through time, including a witness account that goes back to the Boer War. It's a satisfying, complex, sometimes funny mystery with a pleasantly rambling structure. The narration on the audio is suitably arch with a wonderful period feel. I really enjoyed it, and anyone who enjoys atmosphere, twists, turns, and peeks into exclusive worlds (behind the walls at Cambridge) and doesn't mind a little meandering will enjoy it, too. ”
Tegan, Queen Anne Book Company
An "invitation to dine" quickly loses a letter as DI John Redfyre returns for his second investigation in the hallowed halls of Cambridge academia. Cambridge, 1924 in early summertime. May Balls, punting, flirting and dancing the tango are the preoccupations of bright young people, but bright young Detective Inspector John Redfyre finds himself mired in multiple murders. One morning, his dog discovers a corpse neatly laid on a tombstone in the graveyard adjoining St. Bede's College. An army greatcoat and well-worn boots suggest the dead man may have been a former soldier, though the empty bottle of brandy and a card bearing the words "An Invitation to Dine" on the victim ring a discordant note. Even more unsettling is the autopsy, which reveals death by strangulation and unusual contents in the stomach from the man's last meal. Redfyre learns that this murder is one of several unsolved cases linked to a secretive and sinister dining club at St. Bede's. Redfyre, himself an ex-rifleman, becomes caught in a dark tale of revenge, betrayal and injustice-a lingering mystery from a long-forgotten war. With the unlikely assistance of his lead suspect, he gradually unearths the dead man's story and fights to right an ancient wrong.
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