Posted by: Anonymous User (---.dsl.in-addr.zen.co.uk)
Date: June 30, 2007 01:59PM
This is my first posting so forgive me if this shows my ignorance.
I am re-reading the entire 'Next' series in preparation for 'First among Sequels' I have got to my favourite chapter in LIAGB, chapter 25. With the help of the readers guide I have filled the gaps on the characters I have never been able to place, but who is Mrs Cavendish? She is asked on page 273 to explain the missing Canterbury Tales, and is dressed in 'fabulously outrageous clothes'.
Mrs Cavendish in 'The mysterious affair at Styles' (Christie) is the front runner, but on googling the name I found this:
Young Mrs. Cavendish and the Kaiser's Men, by K. K. Beck
"Not just a simple murder mystery or mistaken-identity kidnapping, it also includes airplanes (a recent invention), zeppelins, the desert, a rich man with a sumptuous private rail car (put in just for fun really and having nothing much to do with the plot), a plucky reporter, various spies (some beautiful and deadly), a precocious little brother, flaming arrows, romance, old love affairs, and all sorts of similar stuff."
This sound so FFordian, I am really tempted to think it is her.(although it was published in 1988 and probably isn't classical enough). Has anyone read it? Is it worth the postage from abe books who seem to have a copy. It doesn't ever seem to have been published in the UK.