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.
MAIL FOR A MURDERER
It’s a beautiful summer’s day in Cornwall, and a placid, sleepy atmosphere has settled over a little town at the mouth of the River Fowey. Daphne Penrose is out on her postal round when she notices that a window in the old fisherman’s house has been open for two days in a row. The house, it emerges, has been ransacked and no trace can be found of its occupant, Mrs McKallan, a painter from Scotland.
At the same time, Daphne’s husband Francis retrieves a male corpse from the water near the ferry to Polruan; the body belongs to Edward Hammett, a shipowner. When two more deaths occur, Daphne and Francis quickly realise that the local Chief Inspector is overwhelmed. They begin a secret investigation of their own, using some rather, well, unique sleuthing methods…