A haunting in St. Thomas's College, Cambridge bitterly divides the college, and the Cambridge branch of the Psychic Investigation Unit is invited to carry out an experiment to settle the unrest. But when the main opponent of the plan, Professor Hawkridge, insists on being present for the nocturnal investigation and suddenly drops dead that very night the press has a field day and the college needs answers
Sir Joseph Zuylestein, the College Master, asks Dr. Nathaniel Gye if he can make some discreet enquiries with a view to closing the whole sorry business. But when they receive some disturbing anonymous letters that seem to prove the undergraduate, whose unquiet spirit supposedly haunts St.Thomas's, did not commit suicide ten years earlier, but was murdered, the case suddenly becomes altogether more serious...
The fluent, suspenseful second in the Nathaniel Gye series (after 2005's The Nature of Rare Things) by prolific British author Wilson finds the Cambridge University ghostbuster trying to uncover the truth behind the rumors surrounding a fatal late night mishap in an undergraduate dormitory. Sir Joseph Zuylestein, newly installed as Master of financially strapped St. Thomas College, anxiously prevails upon Dr. Gye to use his expertise in parapsychology to investigate Professor Hockridge's tumble down the stairway outside the former room of Paul Sutton, a vindictive youth who was murdered 10 years earlier amid allegations of drug dealing and whose spirit may still be walking the halls. Gye and his partners, ex-lawyer Barny Cox and graduate assistant Jenny Collard, probe the evasions of Sutton's doting parents and Gye's own distinguished colleagues. Complete with a gothic-style hidden passageway and mysterious key, Wilson's tautly written whodunit leads to a stunning conclusion.
A great find!
I read all of Dorothy Sayers and then found Jill Walsh. I read all of her mysteries and now have found another author I enjoy. He does not give you all the clues which is not my favorite. I like to solve the mystery and then find out whether I was right or wrong but the storyline was engaging. It kept me up late a few nights!