Americans may have Colonial Williamsburg, but for the Brits, there's "Old England," an elaborate theme-park that pays homage to a similarly imaginary glorious past. At Old England, the woods are lush with game-birds, servants know their place, and round every corner is a pink-cheeked, mob-capped maid, bobbing a curtsey and trilling "lawk-a-mussy!" in a rustic brogue. It's no wonder the tourists are happy to buy tickets to a yesterday that never was. Lately, though, there's been a fly in the Old England ointment. The two doddering old war-heroes who own the estate seem to have slipped from charmingly eccentric to disturbingly nuts, and one of the "servants" has committed suicide. And when Inspector Jimmy Pibble pokes beneath the daydream, what he finds is not exactly a green and pleasant land. Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger award for Best Crime Novel of the Year (originally published as A Pride of Lions), which Peter Dickinson had also won the year before.
"Read this tale carefully; it's a jewel"—New York Times
"This is a bit crazy, suspenseful, surprising...altogether, not to be missed"—San Francisco Chronicle
Who's likely to like this: Fans of the "Dalziel & Pascoe" series and anyone interested in "living history" museums