Thou Shell of Death : A Nigel Strangeways Mystery, Paperback

Thou Shell of Death : A Nigel Strangeways Mystery Paperback

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This is a vintage murder mystery. Fergus O'Brien, a legendary World War One flying ace with several skeletons hidden in his closet, receives a series of mocking letters predicting that he will be murdered on Boxing Day.

Undaunted, O'Brien throws a Christmas party, inviting everyone who could be suspected of making the threats, along with private detective Nigel Strangeways.

But despite Nigel's presence, the former pilot is found dead, just as predicted, and Nigel is left to aid the local police in their investigation while trying to ignore his growing attraction to one of the other guests - and suspects - explorer Georgina Cavendish.

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


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780099565369



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Fergus O'Brien a reclusive ex flying ace,receives a series of letters containing death threats. He invites Nigel Strangeways (our series detective)together with a number of others he suspects of being the sender of these letters to a Christmas party.Despite the presents of Strangeways, O'Brien is found shot dead,in a 'locked room' type situation. The official police are quickly on the scene,but of course it is Strangeways who finally solves the case. The twists and turns in the tale did become somewhat too obscure in the middle of the book. I did however feel that the final solution and the unmasking of the killer was extremely clever and certainly unguessed by me.