From the cover: A fun, new detective novel by Kel Richards where the sleuth is C.S. Lewis, the beloved author of The Chronicles of Narnia. C.S. Lewis (known to all his friends as Jack), his brother Major Warren Lewis (known as Warnie) and one of Jack's students, Tom Morris, are on holiday in the English countryside. When they go to the bank they unwittingly enter a crime scene where a murder has just been committed in the vault. The victim is in the basement of the bank, alone, cut off by brick and steel from the rest of the world – and yet he has been stabbed from behind and the murder weapon has vanished. The three out of towners become suspects and must conduct their own investigation to clear their names. C. S. Lewis eventually solves the seemingly impossible crime by applying his razor sharp mind to the subtle clues. It is a ‘locked room’ mystery that would have baffled the cleverest sleuths of the Golden Age of detective stories.
Written by Sydney’s 2CH radio show host, Kel Richards, this is the first in a new series of C.S. Lewis mysteries. Initially it’s quite entertaining – the era, the setting, the downright ‘Englishness’ of a ‘walking holiday’; and being hooked swiftly into the 'impossibility' of it all – the locked room and the disappearance of the weapon. But the constant ‘padding’ of what is really quite a short story with ongoing religious philosophising by Jack to Tom becomes tedious, so much so that I ended up skipping numerous pages, thankfully coming to a speedy wrap up. I'm not in any hurry to read the next one in the series.