Yseut Haskell, a pretty but spiteful young actress with a talent for destroying men's lives, is found dead in a college room just metres from unconventional Oxford don Gervase Fen's office. The victim is found wearing an unusual ring, a reproduction of a piece in the British Museum featuring a gold gilded fly but does this shed any light on her murder?
As they delve deeper into Yseut's unhappy life the police soon realise that anyone who knew her would have shot her, but can Fen discover who could have shot her?The Case of the Gilded Fly is the first Gervase Fen mystery and is the perfect introduction to this most idiosyncratic, eccentric and entertaining detective.
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written in 1944
and set in 1940 this story comes alive with the language and society of the time and place.
gervase fenn is the don/detective in this the first book of the series.
well written with good characterisation, there is the investigation with little bits of humour along the way. Philip bird's performance added to the enjoyment. I loved it.
- Mrs. K. I. Richards