The curraghs in the Isle of Man are, as a rule, eerie and silent after dark; but that silence is shattered for the villagers of Mylecharaine one black night in April by a loud explosion followed by the violent ringing of the church bell. The Vicar, the Revered Sullivan Lee, is discovered praying beside the murdered body of Sir Martin Skollick, the squire of Myrescogh. By the side of the body lies a sporting gun with both barrels fired.
These are the bare outlines of the events which led to Archdeacon Kinrade summoning his old friend Superintendent Littlejohn of Scotland Yard back to the Isle of Man. There, with the help of Inspector Knell of the Manx C.I.D., Littlejohn almost brings the Squire of Myrescogh to life again-his past misdeeds, his enemies, and his lady friends in particular, all come to light, before Littlejohn has the answer to the mystery that started the church bell tolling across the curraghs that fateful night.
Publication date: July 2016