For Miss Cordell, principal of Persephone College, there are two great evils to be feared: unladylike behaviour among her students, and bad publicity for the college. So her prim and cosy world is turned upside down when the drowned body of the college bursar is found floating in her canoe.
Mavis Doriel Hay (1894 - 1979) was a novelist of the golden age of British crime fiction. Her three detective novels were published in the 1930s and are now very rare. The British Library republished The Santa Klaus Murder in 2013.