It’s not what you think! I’m innocent!
Murder in School is the second in a fantastic detective series by Bruce Beckham.
DI Daniel Skelgill is the unlikely name of the Cumbrian Detective who reminds me very much of Sherlock Holmes. Skelgill is simply brilliant, and of course, totally eccentric He doesn’t much care about social skills but inspires fierce loyalty in his two assistants, DS Jones and Leyton. Skelgill has an insatiable appetite for bacon biscuits and tea, often at Leyton’s expense. He is an avid fisherman, solid bowler (in cricket), and expert climber/rescuer of the Lake District. Skelgill is often acerbic and swings wildly between humility and pride. He’s one of those men who seems old before his time, perhaps because of his expert knowledge- or is it because he is rather set in his ways?
Murder in School showcases Skelgill’s oblique but intuitive approach to solving mysteries. He is called upon to investigate the apparent suicide of a master at Oakthwaite School, which is followed by yet another suicide, with no shortage of possible suspects. The situation worsens when the Chief’s son disappears and a hooded figure reveals a century-old cabal. We watch Skelgill, such a humorous and sneaky bugger, reconnoiter crime scenes, scarf scones, and race the clock to rescue that poor student.
I greatly admire the writer, Bruce Beckham, who not only brings the Fells to life, but animates this page-turner with clever characters, wry humor, and an ending that defied my imagination.
I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!