Death in the Coverts by Roderic Jeffries

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The wealthy Decker family have lived at Hurstley Place for hundreds of years.

The traditional pheasant shoot is still an annual event, although it is now financed and enjoyed by members of a syndicate.

Bill Rafferty, one of the syndicate members, desperately wants to be invited to dinner by the Deckers and accepted into their social circle.

He is disliked and sneered upon by the Deckers – but this turns far more sinister when Rafferty is found shot dead in the forest.

It is assumed he accidentally shot himself because of his clumsiness with a rifle – but when DI Doherty arrives on the scene he suspects foul play.

With the news that Rafferty had been blackmailing the Hecker estate, and rumours that his wife was having an affair, it seems the killing may have had a motive.

When a second person is shot dead in the woods, murder is beyond doubt.

Police think they’ve found the culprit – but have they captured an innocent man while the real killer gets his hands closer to the estate?

Death in the Coverts is a classic mystery story from a master story-teller.

Roderic Jeffries was born in London in 1926 and went to sea in 1943. Six years later he left that trade to become a lawyer. He again changed profession to become a writer. Since 1951, he has written over one hundred and sixty novels under his own name and several other pseudonyms. He began his career by writing books featuring his father’s character, Blackshirt, a popular detective whose adventures have appeared in print for many decades. In time Jeffries branched out and began to write a variety of mystery novels under his own name and several pen names, including Peter Alding and Jeffrey Ashford.

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