The Problem of the Surly Servant

The Problem of the Surly Servant

by Roberta Rogow

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Overview

At Oxford, a rash of crime puts Dodgson under suspicion of murder

The world of academia is hardly a hotbed of crime. And although scholars at the University of Oxford may debate the assassination of Caesar or the execution of Socrates, a modern criminal has no place within the school’s walls. And yet, as the reverend Charles Dodgson is horrified to learn, there is a thief within the college of Christ Church. The wine cellar has been ransacked, the faculty has been robbed, and a female student is being threatened by a blackmailer. It falls to Dodgson—better known as Lewis Carroll—to unmask the thief with the help of his dear friend Arthur Conan Doyle.

The campus crimes quickly escalate until the university’s hallowed halls are stained with blood. When suspicion of murder falls at Dodgson’s feet, it is up to Doyle to clear his friend’s name—with the brilliance and style befitting the man who created Sherlock Holmes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453205907
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Series: The Charles Dodgson and Arthur Conan Doyle Mysteries , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,015,259
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Roberta Rogow (b. 1942) is an author of speculative fiction. A professional children’s librarian, she began writing fan fiction in 1973 after a love of Star Trek lured her to her first science fiction convention. After several years publishing stories in fanzines, she founded Grip, a multimedia zine focusing on Star Trek and other science fiction, in 1978. After retiring the zine in 1996, Rogow published her first novel, The Problem of the Missing Miss (1998), which began the four-volume Charles Dodgson and Arthur Conan Doyle Mysteries.

Rogow’s most recent novel is Murders in Manatas (2013). She is also a musician who has been playing sci-fi-inspired folk music since the 1970s.
Roberta Rogow (b. 1942) is an author of speculative fiction. A professional children’s librarian, she began writing fan fiction in 1973 after a love of Star Trek lured her to her first science fiction convention. After several years publishing stories in fanzines, she founded Grip, a multimedia zine focusing on Star Trek and other science fiction, in 1978. After retiring the zine in 1996, Rogow published her first novel, The Problem of the Missing Miss (1998), which began the four-volume Charles Dodgson and Arthur Conan Doyle Mysteries.

Rogow’s most recent novel is Murders in Manatas (2013). She is also a musician who has been playing sci-fi-inspired folk music since the 1970s.

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The Problem of the Surly Servant 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
juglicerr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting Victorian era mystery series featuring Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and Arthur Conan Doyle as codetectives. I find it a very interesting look at the two men and their times.When the series opens, Charles Dodgson is in Brighton, awaiting the arrival of the daughter of one of his students, now a reformer in Parliament. Dodgson is middle-aged and already famous for his writings as Lewis Carroll. The child is being sent for a visit to shield her from the demonstrations taking place in London against her father. When she fails to arrive, and the servant accompanying her is found dead, Dodgson very reluctantly accepts the help of a youthful and eager Arthur Conan Doyle, and his new wife Touie.Dodgson originally finds Doyle rather irritating, but he is partially redeemed by Dodgson's respect for his uncle Richard "Dickie" Doyle, and over time, he grows on Dodgson.I particularly enjoyed the changing relationship between the two men. Arthur and Touie are charming a a loving young married couple, and the portrayal of the era is vivid.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1886 Oxford, Charles Dodgson hosts Dr. Arthur Doyle and his wife Touie at the school. Charles feels he owes the Doyles who recently entertained him while Arthur hopes his ¿mentor¿ will look at his latest manuscript. Both hope to avoid a mystery as has happened on their previous meetings (see the three previous PROBLEM OF ... books).

However, problems exist as someone has robbed sherry, watches, and tie-pins, etc. Charles accuses surly scout Ingram without any evidence. On top of that a coed Dianna Cahill informs Charles and his guests that she has received letters telling her to leave Oxford or else. The latest included a picture of her as a naked little girl taken by Charles years ago. When Charles finds Ingram murdered, the police and the university administration argue over jurisdiction. Everyone wonders whether Charles killed the servant he publicly fired. Arthur and Charles, with some help from Touie, investigate the homicide, the thefts, and the threat.

As with the first three novels in this engaging series, the mystery of THE PROBLEM OF THE SURLY SERVANT takes a back seat to the historical fiction, especially the insight into the two famous authors. The story line is fun to follow as readers see the human sides of Dodgson and Doyle as well as a chance to glimpse at Oxford and understand Touie. The mystery is cleverly designed, but Roberta Rogow¿s latest pairing is first and foremost a brilliant historical novel.

Harriet Klausner