When a disfigured corpse is discovered in a country parish, the local rector pleads with Lord Peter to take on what will become one of his most brilliant and complicated cases.
From my list of The Classic Club List, the full version of which can be found here
Wimsey gets stuck in a small village over New Year when his car breaks down, and becomes involved in bell ringing the New Year in. Whilst he’s waiting for his car to be fixed, he hears the story of some emeralds being stolen and the devastating effect it has had on some of the local families.
Months later, an extra body is unexpectedly found in a grave, face bashed in, hands cut off and a cause of death undetermined, Wimsey is called back to help find out what happened.
What happens next is a story of imposters, double crosses, bigamy, murder, theft, ciphers and bell ringing. Sometimes the information presented is a little too much, which did make my eyes glaze over occasionally, and is perhaps why it took me so long to finish – I should have been able to finish this much faster than I did. Not my favourite of the Wimsey stories, and this would not stand up (on it’s own) against an agatha Christie