Thou Shell of Death

Thou Shell of Death
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Nicholas Blake
8 November 2018
Agora Books

Thou Shell of Death is part of Nicholas Blake’s Nigel Strangeways mystery series.

That will give you over three weeks to settle your affairs, say your prayers, and eat a hearty Christmas dinner. I shall kill you, most probably, on Boxing Day.

In the lead up to Christmas, Fergus O’Brien, World War One flying ace turned introspective recluse, suspects someone is out for his blood. Having received three threatening letters promising his death, O’Brien takes his fate into his own hands.

Inviting all the prime suspects to a Christmas party at his grand country home, O’Brien enlists private investigator Nigel Strangeways to help suss out the culprit.

But amid the falling snow and cutting wind, a murderer lurks in Dower House. Nigel must work quickly to uncover the secrets of O’Brien’s past to catch the criminal before it’s too late…

Thou Shell of Death was first published in 1936.


‘…can be recommended to all with complete confidence.’ — New Statesman and Nation

‘The plot is extremely subtle, the drama psychologically plausible, the setting and characters are drawn with uncommon delicacy and the quality of the writing is consistently good.’ — Times Literary Supplement

‘It is seldom indeed that we find a drama of detection which is also literature, but Thou Shell of Death is so brilliantly written that we are inclined to consider its author, Mr. A.E.W. Mason’s successor.’ — Morning Post

well written, witty, and populated with interesting characters.’ — Reader Review

‘His plots are ingenious.’ — Times Literary Supplement

‘A master of detective fiction.’ — Daily Telegraph

‘The Nicholas Blake books are something quite by themselves in English detective fiction.’ — Elizabeth Bowen

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