The first four stories are about a 'psychic' detective called Neils Orson. Each story is prefaced with a short but informative author's note, and we learn that the psychic sleuth was modelled on Wheatleys 'psychic' friend Henry Dewhurst. The outcome of these stories inevitably have a 'rational' twist, but barrel along at a fairly enjoyable pace. The main characters for these tales seems owe more than a nod to psychic detective 'Flaxman Low' by E & H Heron and W H Hodgeson' 'Carnacki' supernatural investigator.
You can read a few Flaxmen tales online Here.
Perhaps my favourite tale is a chapter taken from the Wheatley book 'Old Rowley, A Very Private Life of Charles II' which fairly gallops along at a pace that would make it a very favourable film adaption.
Here's a few pics of the edition I have with the contents page. The book is easily picked up on eBay or Amazon for cheaps, and I'd highly recommend it
|Cover of Arrow Edition July 1971|