A Most Contagious Game Author:Catherine Aird When a heart attack forces Thomas Harding to retire with his wife Dora to a Tudor manor house in Calleshire County, he soon discovers that it comes complete with a priest hole, built by a clever Elizabethan craftsman and containing - quite unfortunately - a skeleton from a much earlier time. The local doctor says it’s a clear case of murde... more »r but the police, pointing out that by now the murderer was long dead, decline to investigate. Totally bored by his new life but determined to learn more about “his” murder, Thomas begins to question the villagers, who are currently more concerned with the murder of a young wife and the disappearance of her well-liked husband. But in his efforts to solve a centuries-old crime, Thomas inadvertently contributes to the solution of the modern one and begins to take his place in the village of Easterbrook. Fans of Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time will embrace this tale first published in 1967 and the only novel by Aird not to feature Inspector Sloan.« less
This Aird novel is a stand-alone book and I think it is the best she wrote. There are two murder mysteries centered around an ancient English manor house, one current and one hundreds of years old. How they interact and how they are both solved by a retired businessman and the village community are fascinating. If you like English history wrapped within your British mysteries, you will enjoy this book.