Charles Rathlyn was a sportsman whose luck ran in cycles. He lost his horse and everything he owned in the famed Royal Cup steeplechase; a few weeks later he had met and married a wealthy woman, and was leading a peacefully happy life. Then he met a girl who made him dangerously restive, and stirred his wife to a jealous rage. When his wife falls to a violent death, the stage is set for one of the most shocking climaxes in recent crime fiction.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Major Sir Henry Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher, 6th Baronet KStJ CVO DSO, also known by his pen name Henry Wade, was Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire from 1954 to 1961. He was also one of the leading authors during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.
Aubrey-Fletcher was the only son and second child of Sir Lancelot Aubrey-Fletcher, 5th Baronet and Emily Harriet Wade (married 18 April 1882 St Anne, Soho, London), though his father had already had another son by a previous marriage, but the child died in infancy. He was educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford.
He fought in both the First World War and Second World War with the Grenadier Guards, being awarded the Distinguished Service Order and French Croix de guerre in 1917. He was a member of Buckinghamshire County Council and appointed High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 1925. He played Minor counties cricket between 1921 and 1928 for Buckinghamshire.
He was also, under the pen name of Henry Wade, a noted mystery writer and one of the founding members of the Detection Club.
He married Mary Augusta Chilton OStJ in 1911 and with her had 5 children: