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  • Published: 29 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099565598
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $24.99

The Morning After Death



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Private detective and poet Nigel Strangeways is visiting an Ivy League university near Boston when one of the tutors is found murdered. Can Nigel help the police catch the killer? The sixteenth Nigel Strangeways mystery.

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY

Private detective and poet Nigel Strangeways is staying at Cabot University, an Ivy League university near Boston, while he undertakes some research. There he encounters the Ahlberg brothers - Chester, Assistant Senior Tutor in the Business School, Mark, who lectures in the English Faculty and their half-brother, Josiah, a professor of Classics. When one of the brothers is found murdered, the local police request Nigel's help in catching the killer, but little does Nigel know just how close he is to the murderer.

A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.

  • Published: 29 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099565598
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Nicholas Blake

Nicholas Blake was the pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in County Laois, Ireland in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, he was brought up in London by his father, spending summer holidays with relatives in Wexford. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927. Blake initially worked as a teacher to supplement his income from his poetry writing and he published his first Nigel Strangeways novel, A Question of Proof, in 1935. Blake went on to write a further nineteen crime novels, all but four of which featured Nigel Strangeways, as well as numerous poetry collections and translations.

During the Second World War he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information, which he used as the basis for the Ministry of Morale in Minute for Murder, and after the war he joined the publishers Chatto & Windus as an editor and director. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968 and died in 1972 at the home of his friend, the writer Kingsley Amis.

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Praise for The Morning After Death

One of Blake's best

Rex Warner

Has all the usual charm of style and characterisation; I thoroughly enjoyed it

John Dickson Carr

The Nicholas Blake books are something quite by themselves in English detective fiction

Elizabeth Bowen

His plots are ingenious

Times Literary Supplement

A master of detective fiction

Daily Telegraph

One of Blake's best

Rex Warner

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