Death on Swift Wings in the first book in the Gertrude Harrington Mystery series.
Invalided out of the Army during the war, The Earl of Castleford now spends his time rearing pigeons. But someone is blackmailing the Earl, and his pigeons are being killed. But by whom, and to what end?
In the nearby village of Clyst St James, Gertrude Harrington is looking forward to her 60th birthday by taking on a new venture – running the village Tea Room, She hopes this new start will erase painful memories.
Gertrude’s niece, Juliet, is newly engaged to Herbert Carter. But Herbert has disappeared, leaving Juliet Distraught.
Meanwhile, a thief known as Pegasus, because he disappears as though on swift wings, has been stealing jewellery from several Big Houses in the area, and when Gertrude discovers a pouch filled with diamonds and also a dead body, the police believe the disparate events might all be connected.
And Herbert is their chief suspect.
Gertrude remains unconvinced of Herbert’s guilt, and decides to investigate.
But then a second body is discovered…