This is a fascinating collection of short stories featuring the academic sleuth, Professor Gervase Fen. All have the same flavour as the full length novels featuring the same academic and many also feature Inspector Humbleby. I do like Humbleby, he is one of the most likeable of the fictional detectives populating the realms of crime fiction and sometimes he does have a lot to put up with working with Fen.
The stories are well written with intriguing plot lines. Many are in the form of a tale being told long after the event as is common with crime short stories. Others are told as they happen and all will keep the reader guessing until the solution is revealed in the final few paragraphs.