I’m delighted to present my review for this hugely entertaining and simply brilliant book.  Lucy and her books have been on my blog several times and I just can’t get enough.

We’re back in Old College with the bunch of academics and associates that often do everything but educate others.

The toxic Dean, an obsessive Bursar, the Porter team and some new characters, including an eccentric American professor, on this occasion on their search of a precious historical item that may or may not be located on the College grounds.

Having watched my husband reading the book in almost one sitting on the beach I grabbed it as soon as he had finished and got sucked into it in the same way. The search involves travel to France – always good for a few jokes, some coincidences including an annoying police man on holiday, a few people with what I would call a hat fetish, chaotic wedding plans and basically, a lot of hysterical fun.

The characters are always quirky, the plot is very playful but spiked with enough twists and surprises to avoid predictability.

If you want more details, here is the official blurb and the link to Amazon:

‘A peculiar type of morality’
Head Porter’s hopes for a quiet life are dashed not only by the return to Old College of one of academia’s most controversial Fellows, but also the revelation that the Knights Templar may once have left behind something quite important in the College grounds. As Deputy Head Porter and The Dean mount a typically ill-considered investigation, knowledge of this esoteric legend had already fallen into dangerous hands…

Abandoning Head Porter to deal with a College wedding, a mysterious big hole, troublesome felines and a potentially murderous Bursar, Deputy Head Porter leads The Dean and the highly unpredictable Professor Horatio Fox in a race against time to solve puzzles, crack codes and follow a trail that takes them to the very heart of the legend of the Knights Templar – an ancient chateau in Chinon, France.

Coincidentally, this is exactly where DCI Thompson chooses to spend his summer holiday and if he is hoping for an escape from the rigours of fighting crime, he is to be sorely disappointed. In fact, he could be the only one standing between our heroes and the enigmatic, unseen pursuer who appears intent on stopping them in their tracks once and for all…