Welworth Garden City in the 1940s is a forward-thinking town where free spirits find a home - vegetarians, socialists, and an array of exotic religious groups.
Chief among these are the Children of Osiris, led by the eccentric High Prophet, Eustace K. Mildmann. The cult is a seething hotbed of petty resentment, jealousy and dark secrets - which eventually lead to murder. The stage is set for one of Inspector Meredith's most bizarre and exacting cases.
This witty crime novel by a writer on top form is a neglected classic of British crime fiction.
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By Sandra Anthony on 11-12-17
Dry humour and a twist in the tale
I enjoyed this book for two reasons: the author's characterisation of cult members laced with dry wit and subtle observations, and the puzzle posed by the evidence at the scene of the crime. The detective is a very normal and likeable character, which I found refreshing because I'm so tired of socially alienated detectives wrestling with their inner demons.
The disclosure of the culprit has a clever twist in the tale. Not altogether fair play on the part of the author because elements that were previously hidden from the reader are suddenly revealed, but it's forgivable because all loose ends are tied up so neatly.