A Question of Proof, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is a vintage murder mystery. The annual Sports Day at respected public school, Sudeley Hall, ends in tragedy when the headmaster's obnoxious nephew is found strangled in a haystack.

The boy was despised by staff and students alike but English master Michael Evans, who was seen sharing a kiss with the headmaster's beautiful young wife earlier that day, soon becomes a prime suspect for the murder.

Luckily, his friend Nigel Strangeways, nephew to the Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard, is on hand to help investigate the case.

A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780099565352



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 1 of 1 reviews.

Review by

During the Sports Day at Studeley Hall school an unpopular boy is found strangled. One of the masters is having an affair with the wife of the headmaster and they were found to have been indulging in their passion in the very haystack that hid the body.The police (as police often are) are largely baffled and onto the scene comes amateur detective Nigel Strangeways. There is another murder which is seemingly unconnected,before the case is closed and the real murderer is discovered,but not bought to justice.Nicholas Blake,or Cecil Day-Lewis to call him by his real name,was Poet Laureate and because of this it is easy to see why some of the descriptive passages are so well written. I liked in particular the school secret society known as "The Black Spot", and how Strangeways is set three difficult tasks by the society. When he has performed these,he will be allowed to join and will be informed of an important clue. The description of how he goes about these tasks is hilarious.A really enjoyable and readable book with a tea-loving and very human detective.