By Tim Heald
A Simon Bognor secret - at the eve of the Flanagan Fludd Literary pageant, the Reverend Sebastian Fludd is stumbled on lightly swinging from the tip of a rope in his personal church. whereas Sebastian’s cousin and lord of the manor, Sir Branwell Fludd, is eager to wrap up the affair with the minimal of fuss, Branwell’s buddy, Sir Simon Bognor, is extra involved to get to the reality. Did the mild-mannered vicar particularly take his personal lifestyles – or used to be his unforeseen death the results of whatever extra sinister?
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Simon Bognor mysteries) 1. Bognor, Simon (Fictitious character) – Fiction. 2. Government investigators – Fiction. 3. Clergy – Crimes against – Fiction. 4. Detective and mystery stories. I. Title II. 9'14-dc22 ISBN-13: 978-1-78010-064-7 (ePub) ISBN-13: 978-1-78029-002-7 (cased) ISBN-13: 978-1-78029-502-2 (trade paper) Except where actual historical events and characters are being described for the storyline of this novel, all situations in this publication are fictitious and any resemblance to living persons is purely coincidental.
Unless there was some sort of emergency. But when there was some sort of emergency, as now, they were never there. It was a rule of staff and there was nothing for it. Sir Branwell would have to open his front door himself. He rose clumsily to his feet, grumbling in an incoherent rebarbative way, consistent with the occasion and with the disruption of well-established ritual. Seconds later, he was back, energized, if such a thing were possible, and resembling the rural, aristocratic extramural equivalent of an action man.
I don’t think your vicar killed himself,’ he said. ‘I agree,’ said Branwell. ‘But your man Jones is keen to disagree because it’s tidier and more convenient. ’ ‘Seconded,’ said Branwell. They paused to congratulate themselves on their commitment to fair play. This was an old-fashioned concept but one in which they both had some belief, along with decency and common sense. Greed and convenience had, on the whole and up to a point, taken their place and they both disliked these characteristics with a passion.