"Dear Jack, I think I'm about to be arrested and charged with murder."

Tom Morris, busy cataloguing the library of Plumwood Hall, is in a fix. Three days before, a member of the family keeled over at afternoon tea after eating a slice of fruit cake laced with poison. And Tom has been fingered by the weasel-like Inspector Hyde as chief suspect.

The young scholar turns to the only person who can help: his old Oxford tutor, Clive Staples ('Jack') Lewis.

As they investigate, mystery piles on mystery. Why did the victim's husband disappear twelve months earlier? Why is a strange tattooed foreigner living in a cottage on the moors? And who is the wild man of the woods?

Most puzzling of all: how did a massive dose of cyanide get into just one slice of cake?

This mind-twisting case, featuring the beloved creator of Narnia, has all the hallmarks of a classic country house mystery.


"a truly brilliant debut"

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