Death on the Cherwell

Mavis Doriel Hay

Death on the Cherwell

Mavis Doriel Hay

Distributed for British Library

288 pages | 5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780712357265 Published June 2014 For sale in North and South America only
For Miss Cordell, principal of Persephone College, there are two great evils in the world: unladylike behavior among her students and bad publicity for the college. This means it’s a very, very bad day when a secret society of her students meets by the river on a gloomy January afternoon—and finds the drowned body of the college bursar. Death on the Cherwell follows the investigation, which initially focuses on the girls themselves and ultimately leads them to do some detecting of their own. Soon they uncover a tangle of secrets—and clues that point to a fellow student.
This novel from the golden age of British crime fiction is sure to puzzle and charm fans of Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, and Josephine Tey.


I. The Bursar Comes Down the River

II. Miss Cordell Faces Publicity

III. The Lie of the Land

IV. The Blood Feud

V. Trespass by Night

VI. Lunch at the Mitre

VII. Author of “Dust”

VIII. “Nippy”

IX. The Man Who Saw Burse

X. The Mystery of the Ferry House

XI. Scotland Yard Confers with The League

XII. Jim Lidgett

XIII. Braydon Visits Sim’s

XIV. Pamela, Niece of Burse

XV. Unconsidered Trifles

XVI. Gwyneth Calls on Aunt Sophia

XVII. Pamela at the Back End

XVIII. Scotland Yard Goes up the River

XIX. A Man Gets Free

XX. Denis Mort Gives a Verdict

Review Quotes
Desperate Reader blog
“It’s light entertainment but almost everything about it is delightful and as a piece of golden age detective fiction it feels very fresh.”
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