What would a detective story sound like if it had been written by P. J. Woodenhouse? Probably very similar to Mixed Relations.
This golden age novel, yet another proof of Victor L. Whitechurch’s intelligence and wit, combines comedy and classic mystery elements in an intricate plot.
An Archdeacon learns from an odd codicil in his brother's will that he will earn $10,000 if he can safeguard a place for his nephew at Oxford and upon completion of his studies and graduation from university will receive another $10,000 – so his American sister-in-law and her son are immediately summoned from overseas. Simultaneously, another story is unfolding. The Vicar has recently employed Leonard Brooks, a new manservant, who we learn almost immediately is not at all who appears to be – something fishy is going… And how is this story linked to the previous one?
The mystery unravels and, while doing so, it provides ample opportunity for farce, comedy of errors and pure British humour.
A classic worth rediscovering!
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