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A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh's 1930s novels. The season had begun. Debutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780006512578
ISBN-10: 0006512577
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 13mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 19-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » Blackmail in London high society leads Alleyn (of Artists In Crime) to investigate. Blackmail leads to murder when a man working on the inside finds out too much. Family secrets are unearthed - Alleyn and Troy (of the earlier book) bring their romance to a successful finis - the culprits are brought to justice. Pleasant reading - quiet English type of story, with authentic touch to background. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Ngaio Marsh

Dame Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand in 1895 and died in February 1982. She wrote over 30 detective novels and many of her stories have theatrical settings, for Ngaio Marsh's real passion was the theatre. She was both actress and producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre. It was for this work that she received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.

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