This is my post for Letter C for Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013.
Do you love Wooster and Jeeves? Imagine Wooster and Jeeves solving a murder mystery. A mystery where the same man is dead twice and once murdered! And the man a school bully known to everybody as 'Pig' Peters. This mystery narrated by Albert Campion has a definite Wodehouseian feel to it. The interactions between Campion and Lugg, the village and its characters are straight out of a Wodehouse novel.
The story starts with the announcement of R I Peters funeral in the 'Deaths' column in the newspaper and an anonymous letter addressed to Campion about Peters' death. As a school boy, Campion promised to attend 'Pig' Peters funeral after an unpleasant bullying incident in school. And Campion attends the funeral as promised.
Few months later, Campion starts a murder investigation. Who do you think is dead, this time? It's our late Pig Peters again. So what is happening here? Who killed Peters? Who is sending the anonymous letters to Campion? If Peters was dead this time, who died before? Whose funeral did Campion attend? Can one person die twice?
While part of the mystery may be guessed, part of it is not so obvious, this is a short novel with lots of fun.