Devon, Prayer Book Rebellion, Apple names and varieties, Sixteenth-century historical fiction, Woman narrator
red herrings tim heald
‘Tom Sharpe couldn’t have done it better’ New Statesman
An ancient country custom goes awry, killing a man and spoiling Bognor’s holiday.
At the annual Clout, the men of Herring do as they have done for centuries, firing arrows blindly into the woods and allowing their women to retrieve what they have shot. Nobody ever kills anything, but it’s a jolly time nonetheless – until the day when a few of the arrows find their mark, pinning a wayward customs inspector to a tree in a bloody parody of Saint Sebastian.
It’s rotten luck for the dead man, and not much better for Simon Bognor. Bognor huffs when he hears of the killing, knowing that he is going to be sucked into investigating the death. A special inspector for the Board of Trade, Bognor is always getting invited to crime scenes, despite knowing almost nothing about crime. His bad lungs, sour attitude, and fleshy physique are out of place in the countryside, but Bognor is in for the duration. He will find the person who caused the accident – or the next arrow’s target could be his heart.
‘Tom Sharpe couldn’t have done it better’
Bibliographic DataCategory: Crime Fiction
Publication Date: April 2015
Territories: World English ex USA
ISBN: 978 1 910570 19 7
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