The Problem of the Surly Servant

The Charles Dodgson and Arthur Conan Doyle Mysteries

Book 5
Open Road Media
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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.
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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.
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Oct 14, 2014
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Pages
296
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ISBN
9781453205907
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional
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