Nice that out of print books can be reissued via Smashwords. The donnish detective is delightful and the depiction of 1950's dorm life seems like it comes from another planet, but it's absolutely authentic.
Good cosy and the author plays fair with the reader.
The author apparently wrote five in this series so here's hoping he sees fit to reissue the other three. The literary allusions are great fun and very convincing descriptions of English village life in the home counties and amateur dramatics. The mystery itself I have to say I found weaker than the first book but the rest of the book makes up for that.
I found the book too fast-paced, especially given all the sub-plots and that some characters have more than one name because they're working for more than one spy master.
Also caught a few glitches in continuity. One character's alibi is he's under arrest but a few pages later he has a different alibi and the first one is never mentioned again.
Bickering and quoting Shakespeare is fun, but doesn't ring true in the scenes where Ben rescues Bea.
I enjoyed the parts where the child arrives and gradually warms up to her new surroundings. It's touching and handled in a sensitive way which some writers would not have done.