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The Boathouse Riddle

J. J. Connington

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Fiction, Crime & mystery, Classic crime

'As a maker of watertight puzzles, Mr Connington has no superior'Daily Mail

When Chief Constable Sir Clinton Driffield goes to stay with his friend Wendover, mysterious goings-on in the boathouse he owns soon attract the duo's attention. Lights go on and off, strangers come in and out, and a game warden is found murdered nearby.

And as they work to solve the crime, a second body is dredged up from the lake . . .

'Mr J. J. Connington is a name revered by all specialists on detective fiction' Spectator

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J. J. Connington

Alfred Walter Stewart (1880-1947), who wrote under the pen name J. J. Connington, was born in Glasgow, the youngest of three sons of Reverend Dr Stewart. He graduated from Glasgow University and pursued an academic career as a chemistry professor, working for the Admiralty during the First World War. Known for his ingenious and carefully worked-out puzzles and in-depth character development, he was admired by a host of his better-known contemporaries, including Dorothy L. Sayers and John Dickson Carr, who both paid tribute to his influence on their work. He married Jessie Lily Courts in 1916 and they had one daughter.

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