I am currently reading the exciting murder-mystery Well Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George, the author of sixteen best-selling Inspector Lynley murder mysteries. Set in the 1980’s, The novel starts when Architect Kevin Wateley and his wife Patsy receive an urgent telephone call from the prestigious independent Bredgar Chambers Boarding School in West Sussex concerning their son Matthew, who is a pupil there.
Meanwhile Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley who works at the Criminal Investigation Department of New Scotland Yard, and his assistant detective Seargeant Barbara Havers are paid a visit by Lynley’s old Eton School Friend, John Corntel, who now teaches at Bredgar Chambers School, regarding the matter of an intelligent thirteen year old pupil named Matthew Whately, who has mysteriously vanished. Elsewhere A Photographer named Deborah St.James makes an alarming discovery when she finds the dead body of a young boy beneath a tree in a church yard in Stoke Poges and Her pathologist husband Simon Allcourt St.James is asked to assist the investigation
However the investigation is hampered by the strict yet unwritten code of behaviour prevalent in many independent schools including Bredgar Chambers, which says that under no circumstances must pupils ever tell on their schoolmates, no matter what they have done. Accordingly, Detective Lynley and his partner, Detective seargeant Havers, both of find themselves up against a wall of silence as none of the 600 pupils of Bredgar Chambers School seems to be willing to co-operate with the police and communicate what they know.
However they learn about Matthew’s tragic past and eventually Discover that John Corntel has some rather unsavoury habits. They also discover that 6th form student Chas Quilter’ had a clandestine relationship with former pupil Cecilia Feld, a girl in Stoke Poges, which resulted in her being moved to another school when she became pregnant, and learn of the illegal activities of 6th grade bully Clive Pritchard. Then discover that Matthew had an 18 year old half brother named Brian and that Quilter, Pritchard and Brian all knew each other and may be involved.