Harvard professor Henry Spearman--an ingenious amateur sleuth who uses economics to size up every situation--is sent by an American entrepreneur to Cambridge, England. Spearman's mission is to scout out for purchase the most famous house in economic science: Balliol Croft, the former dwelling place of Professor Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes's teacher and the font of modern economic theory. A near miss for the American entrepreneur and the shocking and bizarre murder of Nigel Hart, the master of Bishop's College, soon make it clear that the whole affair is risky business. When a second corpse turns up, Spearman is jolted into realizing that his own life is in peril as he finds himself face to face with the most diabolical killer in his experience.
Marshall Jevons is the pen name of Kenneth G. Elzinga, the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia, and William Breit of Trinity University (1933-2011). Together they wrote two other Henry Spearman mystery novels under the Jevons pseudonym: The Fatal Equilibrium (Ballantine) and Murder at the Margin (Princeton). Elzinga, as Marshall Jevons, most recently wrote The Mystery of the Invisible Hand (Princeton).
Chapter 1 Remains to Be Seen 1 Chapter 2 Train to Cambridge 5 Chapter 3 Punting on the Cam 11 Chapter 4 Breakfast with Mrs. Saltmarsh 17 Chapter 5 Balliol Croft 23 Chapter 6 The Humpty Dumpty Theorem 33 Chapter 7 Cambridge Controversies 41 Chapter 8 Balliol Croft Lost 49 Chapter 9 The Master's Lodge 53 Chapter 10 The Bentham Society Dines 63 Chapter 11 A Deadly Indifference 69 Chapter 12 The Apostles 73 Chapter 13 The Cam Revisited Chapter 14 The Poor Yank 93 Chapter 15 Balliol Croft Regained 97 Chapter 16 Ya Got to Have Hart 107 Chapter 17 Much Ado about Maps 115 Chapter 18 Grantchester's Miss Marple 123 Chapter 19 Adverse Selection 133 Chapter 20 The One in the Many, the Many in the One 137 Chapter 21 Warren Thorne Remembers 143 Chapter 22 In King's College Chapel 147 Chapter 23 Partial Analysis 151 Chapter 24 Taking a Stand on Mathematical Bridge 157 Chapter 25 Grave Matters 161 Chapter 26 Professor Spearman Professes 169