Sir Humphrey of Batch Hall
In The Cuckoos of Batch Magna, the old squire of Batch Magna died, and the life of distant relative Humphrey, an amiable, overweight short-order cook from the Bronx, turned into a movie. One in which he even got the girl, in the end. And now, in Sir Humphrey of Batch Hall, they marry, settle into Batch Hall and plan a happy future together.
Their finances at this early stage rest on the estate’s shooting and fishing, stepping stones to that more secure future. But one day a cold wind from beyond their valley visits Batch Magna in the shape of badger baiters discovered in Cutterbach Wood. They are routed, but their defeat entails such disaster that Humphrey and his new wife are driven to the wall, left with no way out but to sell the estate, and their future along with it.
And then Miss Wyndham, village spinster and amateur sleuth, rides to the rescue on the 49 bus…