The Morning After Death

The Morning After Death
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Nicholas Blake
28 January 2021
Agora Books

The Morning After Death is part of Nicholas Blake’s Nigel Strangeways mystery series.  

While undertaking some research at an Ivy League university outside of Boston, Nigel encounters the Ahlberg brothers: Chester, a tutor, Mark, an English lecturer, and their half-brother Josiah, a professor of Classics.

But when Josiah’s body is found, Strangeways becomes entangled in the case. His investigation uncovers the incestuous politics of sibling rivalry, academic pedantry, and amorous passions that have engulfed an intimate circle of friends. And as Nigel looks deeper, he doesn’t realise just how close to the killer he is.

The Morning After Death was first published in 1966 and is the last in the Nigel Strangeways mysteries.


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