Glimpses of the Moon
by Edmund Crispin
"Professor Gervase Fen is in Devon working on his masterpiece critique of the modern novel, but keeps getting distracted - by the local animals (several pigs, a mildly insane cat, a horse with sleeping sickness), by the spectacular failures of the local electrical board, by the vicar's practical jokes, by the retired major yearning for another jolly war. Oh, and by the dismembered body, found in a nearby field, whose head keeps turning up in the most unlikely places."
I am SO beyond tired of books that have phrases like "she stared into his steely eyes and felt something lurch in her stomach"!! (That was from a book called Hidden
by Kendra Elliot that was supposed to be a mystery where the only real mystery is why was it ever published and why people gave it hundreds of 5 stars!)
So I'm going back to some real writing. Glimpses of the Moon has a piquant English sense of humor also and is a bit old fashioned. That's quite all right with me! So far no steely eyes or lurches in the stomach.