"The 'Amen' was sung and then - then nothing more happened. The organ did not begin to play."
The Carminster Cathedral organist, Mr. Cresswood, was known for his eccentricities and frequent bouts of inebriation, but when he is found dead in the organ loft with a cracked skull, it becomes clear that something more sinister is afoot.
The police are duly called in and begin to investigate the potential suspects including the scholarly dean, his overtly capable daughter, the pompous archdeacon, and a cheerful Irish minor canon.
As the investigation unfolds, secrets are revealed, and it becomes clear that even those who appear above reproach may have something to hide. Is the new atmosphere of suspicion and dread to manifest in more bodies? If so...
...who's next in the murderer's sights?
With delightful wit and Trollopian charm, The Hymn Tune Mystery is a must-read for fans of classic detective fiction.
George A. Birmingham was the pseudonym of Canon James Hannay (1865–1950), an Irish clergyman and popular comic novelist. The Hymn Tune Mystery (1930) was his tenth novel.