The Riddle of the River
Allison & Busby
, 2007 - Fiction
- 365 pages
1898. Enjoying the sunshine in the garden of her Cambridgeshire home, Vanessa Weatherburn is startled by the abrupt arrival of her long-time friend, the journalist Patrick O'Sullivan. Eager to discover the identity of a young woman found floating in the River Cam in order to get a scoop for the local newspaper, Pat has called on the one woman he is sure will be able to solve the mystery. Over recent years Vanessa has garnered a reputation for solving crimes - including murders, thefts and blackmail attempts - but never before has she been faced with the problem of identifying a victim, as well as a murderer. She is at a loss to know where to begin.
In desperation, Vanessa agrees to go to London to attend a seance meeting, but has little hope of gathering any important information. Yet, to her astonishment, she hears the medium cry out, 'Murder, murder, grisly murder!' Can the flamboyant woman really connect with the spirit of the dead? Forced to go undercover to continue her investigation and helped along as always by the cream of Cambridge's academic community, Vanessa employs all the skills she has learnt over the past years to reel in the murderer - but will it be enough to solve the riddle of the river?