Private investigator Miles Bredon is spending a weekend with his wife, Angela, at the Halliford’s country house. The occasion is a singularly ill-assorted, and ill-fated, house party and Miles soon wishes he hadn’t bothered. Myrtle Halliford cajoles her guests into joining in with an "eloping game", which involves chasing cars across the countryside at night; but the following morning, the body of one of the guests - a man of influence and affluence - is discovered in the silo.... Was his death an accident caused by fumes of poisonous gas; or was it suicide?
When two brothers, potential heirs, go missing on a canoe trip on the River Thames, private investigator Miles Bredon and his friend Inspector Leyland are called in to investigate what might have happened to the pair. The accumulation of evidence - including cyphers, fake photos, and drugs - leads to a much discussion and speculation, but only a recreation of events will help them to solve the mystery.
Marryatt (the clergyman), Carmichael (the retired don), Reeves (the former member of the military intelligence), and Gordon (the vacationing golfer) are playing golf in Paston Oatvile when Reeves slices his drive from the third tee. In searching for the ball, they come upon the dead body of Mr. Brotherhood below the railroad viaduct. When they find Brotherhood’s hat 15 yards away from the body, they suspect dirty work is afoot, and so the foursome sets out to solve his murder.
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When a member of the Reiver family of Dorn is found dead by the roadside, private investigator Miles Bredon is sent north to discover how the death will affect a possible payout of the family’s large insurance policy. Miles takes with him his wife Angela and together they investigate the possible influence of a religious group that Donald Reiver, head of the family, has recently joined.
The Three Taps is the first of Ronald Knox’s detective stories to feature private investigator Miles Bredon. In this case, Miles is sent by his employer - the appropriately named Incredible Insurance Company - to investigate the death of Mr. Mottram, who recently took out one of their so-called Euthanasia policies. The victim was clearly gassed; but whether it was an accident or planned is a matter for some debate.
When Sir Charles Airdrie, owner of Dreams Castle in the Scottish Highlands, gives young Vernon Lathaby - a flamboyant young exhibitionist - permission to search the Isle of Erran for buried treasure, Lathaby takes along his tough hanger-on, ‘Digger Henderson’. However, cautious of being swindled by his partner, Lathaby takes out insurance to protect him, so Miles Bredon is dispatched by the suspicious Incredible Insurance Company to keep a watchful eye on proceedings.
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