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His father was an official in the Lord Chancellor’s department, the equivalent of a Ministry of Justice. He was educated at a private London boys’ school, St. Paul’s, and at nineteen, he won a history scholarship to Merton College, in Oxford. He made friends at school with G. K. Chesterton, who remained his closest friend for life, and at the University of Oxford with John Buchan and Hilaire Belloc. All would become famous writers. 23 24 100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction At Oxford, Bentley became president of the Oxford Union, a skeleton key to success in many careers, and experienced the “shame and disappointment” of a second-class degree.
As he was seeking to establish himself as a writer of popular fiction, his only course was the espionage thriller; its popularity in Great Britain was the result of public interest in the secret events of World War I and apprehension about Bolshevism. These concerns were enhanced by the most popular authors in the field—John Buchan, whose Richard Hannay was definitely an establishment figure, and Sapper (the pen name of H. Cyril McNeile), whose Bulldog Drummond stories were reactionary, if not downright Fascist, in tone.
The highly respectable Kinnit family has also not been immune from evil. Margery Allingham 5 In the nineteenth century, a governess in the Kinnit family supposedly committed a famous murder and later killed herself. For one hundred years, the family has kept the secret which is exposed in The China Governess: that the murder was actually committed by a young Kinnit girl. At the end of the book, another murderess is unmasked, ironically another governess who is masquerading as a wealthy Kinnit relative and who is finally discovered when she attempts to murder Basil Toberman, a socially acceptable young man who has spitefully plotted to destroy Timothy Kinnit.