By Michael Innes
Clusters, an outstanding nation apartment, is stricken by means of bats, as Lord and girl Osprey bitch to their visitors, who contain best detective, Sir John Appleby. within the topic of bats, Appleby is detached, yet he's quickly confronted with a true challenge—the homicide of Lord Osprey, stabbed with an ornate dagger within the library.
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Appleby And The Ospreys (Sir John Appleby, Book 36) by Michael Innes