Constable at the Gate
Tales in this book range from the celebration of a horse's birthday in the local pub to a small boy's hunt for the legendary silver hawk which once inhabited the moors above Aidensfield. In the latter case, the child played truant - but his determination to find and protect the rare bird also helped Constable Nick solve some crimes. Claude Jeremiah Greengrass and his dog, Alfred, continue their rather dodgy means of earning a living, venturing into the bed-and-breakfast business with unsatisfactory results and indulging in some strange horse-trading with gypsies. When Alfred falls into a disused pitshaft full of water, however, it is Constable Nick who rescues the dog - to the horror of Sergeant Blaketon because it was witnessed by journalists compiling a feature about the work of the constabulary! Another local journalist highlights her devotion to Sergeant Blaketon in her press reports while Nick copes with village gossips and finds himself searching for old folks who have wandered from home. His action at the scene of a road accident near a stately gate results in a joyful family reunion while the buyer of a country cottage does not bring much happiness to the constable and people of Aidensfield.Nicholas Rhea comments:
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