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Death on the Cherwell
by Mavis Doriel Hay
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Poisoned Pen, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay is one of the novels published during what is considered the Golden Age of British Crime Writing in the 1930s. The authors of crime fiction were very popular at that time and deserve a second chance to delight the mystery lovers of today.

Miss Cordell, principal of Persephone College, seems to be more concerned for the reputation of her institution for young ladies than she is about the fact that the bursar of the college is found dead floating on the river in her own canoe!

Police are sure that a student prank went haywire. However, a small cadre of girls don't agree and decide to investigate on their own. Of course, this leads to some very serious occurrences that put the delightful girls in peril.

This story takes place in the environs of Oxford, England. Though Persephone College is fictional, the city and the college of Oxford contribute to the ambiance of an enjoyable read.

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