First published in 1930 and first issued by Fontana in 1961. This copy is a tenth impression, published 1975.
Cover painting by Tom Adams
It was really very awkward...after all, as the local vicar I have many obligations to fulfil and my time is precious...
But there was no doubt about it. The Colonel was dead. There, as large as life - or should I say death - lying sprawled across a desk in a horridly unnatural position. I pulled myself together and went over to him. The cold hand that I raised fell back, lifeless.
You see, the real trouble was that only a dew hours earlier I'd said: "Anyone who murdered Colonel Prothero would be doing the world at large a service."
And someone had - in my study!