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Secret of High Eldersham

(1930)
(The first book in the Desmond Merrion series)
A novel by

 
 
Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder

"First published in 1930, this entry in the British Library Crime Classics series evokes a time when stouthearted chaps did their duty for king and country, and the village had only one telephone." - Publishers Weekly

'They're terrible mistrustful of strangers in these parts.'

Samuel Whitehead, landlord of the Rose and Crown, is a stranger in the lonely East Anglian village of High Eldersham. When the newcomer is stabbed to death in his pub, and Scotland Yard is called to the scene, it seems that the veil dividing High Eldersham from the outside world is about to be lifted.

Detective-Inspector Young forms a theory about the case so utterly impossible that merely entertaining the suspicion makes him doubt his own sanity. Surrounded by sinister forces beyond his understanding, and feeling the need of rational assistance, he calls on a brilliant amateur and 'living encyclopedia', Desmond Merrion. Soon Merrion falls for the charms of a young woman in the village, Mavis Owerton. But does Mavis know more about the secrets of the village than she is willing to admit?

Burton's best novels are fast-paced and crisply told, and The Secret of High Eldersham - which uncovers ancient secrets in sleepy rural England - is among the most entertaining of all his crime stories.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

May 1976 : USA Hardback
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Title: SECRET HIGH ELDERSHAM (Fifty Classics of Crime Fiction, 1900-1950 ; 8)
Author(s): Burton
ISBN: 0-8240-2357-9 / 978-0-8240-2357-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dissertations-G
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Paperback Editions

June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Secret of High Eldersham (British Library Crime Classics)
Author(s): Miles Burton
ISBN: 0-7123-5609-6 / 978-0-7123-5609-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
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June 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Secret of High Eldersham (British Library Crime Classics)
Author(s): Miles Burton
ISBN: 1-4642-0583-3 / 978-1-4642-0583-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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May 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Secret of High Eldersham
Author(s): Miles Burton
ISBN: 1-62755-097-6 / 978-1-62755-097-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Black Curtain Press
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Secret of High Eldersham
Author(s): Miles Burton
Publisher: Soundings
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January 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Secret of High Eldersham
Author(s): Miles Burton
Publisher: Soundings
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Kindle Editions

June 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Secret of High Eldersham (British Library Crime Classics)
Author(s): Miles Burton
Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU