A Hole in the Ground

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A hole in the ground, such as the air vent of a defunct Cornish tin mine, could lend itself to sinister uses.

Martin Filton is a Cambridge medical student when he first encounters the mysterious affair at Tregellick. Afraid of being laughed he doesn’t go to the police with his story of shots fired, the gory bundle he had retrieved when it fell from a jeep, and how, a little later, he discovered a piece of the same bloodstained sacking caught on the wire fence round ‘the hole’.

But no-one was ever reported missing at Tregellick, much less there being any rumour of murder. The whole thing lies fallow at the back of Martin’s mind until, twenty years later, taking a break from his career as a surgeon, he returns to Cornwall and meets Drina. Her home was the farm to which the jeep was going; her ‘aunt’, sister of Drina’s foster-mother, had been its driver. The puzzle of Drina’s parentage and the unhappiness this caused her spurs Martin into investigation both of that mystery and the curious events of that autumn day long ago.

About Josephine Bell

Josephine Bell was born Doris Bell Collier in Manchester, England. Between 1910 and 1916 she studied at Godolphin School, then trained at Newnham College, Cambridge until 1919. At the University College Hospital in London she was granted M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. in 1922, and a M.B. B.S. in 1924. " " " " Bell was also a prolific author, writing forty-three novels and numerous uncollected short stories during a forty-five year period. " " " " Many of her short stories appeared in the London Evening Standard. Using her pen name she wrote numerous detective novels beginning in 1936, and she was well-known for her medical mysteries. Her early books featured the fictional character Dr. David Wintringham who worked at Research Hospital in London as a junior assistant physician. She helped found the Crime Writers' Association in 1953 and served as chair during 1959-60.

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