Born in 1949, the literary academic Thomas Chatwin is exceedingly knowledgeable about all things English. He has a passion for Cornwall and spends every minute of his spare time there. Under his normal name, Claus Beling, he was responsible for international film productions based on novels, including a series of Rosamunde Pilcher films for the ZDF network. Through his long-standing friendship with Rosamunde Pilcher and the many holidays and trips they have spent together, he has gained many detailed insights into Cornish life.
MURDERER (NOT KNOWN AT THIS ADDRESS)
Daphne Penrose (named after Cornwall’s most famous writer, Daphne du Maurier) has been invited to an exclusive reception at Glendurgan Garden. It’s early summer, and the gardens are lit up by the vivid hortensias. Guests enjoy some tasty Cornish food while listening to Lewis Russel, an expert on du Maurier’s work.
Daphne’s husband Francis has elected to stay at home (this isn’t really his sort of thing), so Daphne is attending on her own. The event comes to tragic end, however, when the body of Dr Finch is discovered in the gunnera beds. But who on earth would want to kill this much-liked physician? And what role does Professor Russel play in all this?
With the police officer in charge of the investigation seemingly preoccupied with his upcoming holiday, it falls to Daphne and Francis to solve this puzzling crime…