(From the publisher):
Nicholas Rhea's first problems upon his arrival as the village constable were the cabbages and wood pigeons hanging on his door knobs, coupled with the doubtful skills of the removal men. None the less, it didn't take him long to settle into a delightful part of North Yorkshire.
This book tells of Nicholas Rhea's first fascinating months as the village policeman of Aidensfield; it reveals the personality of the people he served. There was Aud George who informed the village of local deaths by using his own coded system, the unknown farmer's lad who filled the bobby's empty petrol tank with fuel and then announced that it wasn't his to give away. Country sports are featured too -- there is the annual Coursing Meeting where Rhea has to deal with a demonstration against the sport, there is the greyhound racing in the village field complete with bookies, and the inevitable fox hunters whose trail led through the police house garden.
Dogs are a part of a policeman's life: here we meet dogs like Rufus with a penchant for dustbins, Topsie the Yorkshire terrier for whom a donkey caused problems, and Emperor the Alsatian who made a lavatory of Stumpy Sykes's flower beds. There are also the pony that could open gates and the lurcher that worried a budgerigar.
Featured also are the sexy Mrs. Dulcimer who liked policemen to inspect her credentials, the dotty Miss Fraser, and the Chapel lady who complained when the policeman parked his car outside other ladies' houses.
Original title: Constable on the Hill
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor