A Novel Problem
'If James Joyce and Agatha Christie had a literary love child, this would be it' Daily Telegraph 'A unique hybrid of word puzzle and whodunnit' Literary Review
Edward Powys Mathers (1892 1939) introduced the cryptic crossword to Britain in 1924 through the pages of the Observer. Known as Torquemada, he was acknowledged as a brilliant translator and a critic specialising in crime fiction. In 1934 he published a selection of his puzzles under the title The Torquemada Puzzle Book the final hundred pages of which contained the novel-cum-puzzle Cains Jawbone. The book is being re-issued with the assistance of The Laurence Sterne Trust and Patrick Wildgust, the curator of Shandy Hall.