A Most Contagious Game
by Catherine Aird
(Rue Morgue Press, trade paperback, $14.95)
Tom and Enid Schantz used to have a mystery bookstore in Boulder, CO, They sold that and turned to publishing classic British mysteries that had gone out of print. I haven’t read this particular book but I have read others by Catherine Aird and they were wonderful! Here is a synopsis of the book from the Rue Morgue Press web site.
“When a heart attack forces Thomas Harding to retire with his wife Dora to a Tudor manor house in Calleshire County, he soon discovers that it comes complete with a priest hole, built by a clever Elizabethan craftsman and containing -quite unfortunately- a skeleton from a much earlier time. The local doctor says it’s a clear case of murder but the police, pointing out that by now the murderer was long dead, decline to investigate. Totally bored by his new life but determined to learn more about “his” murder, Thomas begins to question the villagers, who are currently more concerned with the murder of a young wife and the disappearance of her well-liked husband. But in his efforts to solve a centuries-old crime, Thomas inadvertently contributes to the solution of the modern one and begins to take his place in the village of Easterbrook. Fans of Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time will embrace this tale first published in 1967 and the only novel by Aird not to feature Inspector Sloan.”