Gladys Mitchell brings Sir John Saumarez (a private detective created by Helen Simpson and Clemence Dane) to bear on the question of who killed Lord Comstock.
This short story in included in AustLit because Glady Mitchell is adapting and using material originally created by an Australian author.
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yAsk a PolicemanLondon:Macmillan,193493022231934anthology short story detective
'Lord Comstock is a barbarous newspaper tycoon with enemies in high places. His murder in the study of his country houseposes a dilemma for the Home Secretary. In the hours before his death, Lord Comstock’s visitors included the government Chief Whip, an Archbishop, and the Assistant Commissioner for Scotland Yard. Suspicion falls upon them all and threatens the impartiality of any police investigation. Abandoning protocol, the Home Secretary invites four famous detectives to solve the case: Mrs Adela Bradley, Sir John Saumarez, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Mr Roger Sheringham. All are different, all are plausible, all are on their own – and none of them can ask a policeman…'