Yseut Haskell, a pretty but spiteful young actress with a talent for destroying men's lives, is found dead in a college room just metres from unconventional Oxford don Gervase Fen's office. The victim is found wearing an unusual ring, a reproduction of a piece in the British Museum featuring a gold gilded fly but does this shed any light on her murder? As they delve deeper into Yseut's unhappy life the police soon realise that anyone who knew her would have shot her, but can Fen discover who could have shot her?
"Witty, Well Written Classic British mystery"
The Maharajah of Ganpore had a collection of blue diamonds to sell, so it wasn't surprising that John Mannering - alias the Baron - was making his way to India to start the bidding. But some people had other plans for the diamonds. The Bundi, a group of fanatical patriots, intend to deal with the dealers in no uncertain terms, and the Baron soon finds himself bidding for his life.