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Summary

Rickie Alleyn, son of the famed detective Roderick Alleyn, had taken to the peaceful Channel Island village of Deep Cove to write his book. However, soon enough the tedium of provincial life threatens to send him packing - until, that is, he finds a dead stablehand, and the sleepy community's world is upturned.

His father is called to take proceedings into hand, but as a darker side to island life emerges, one of illegal drugs and smuggling, Rickie goes missing. Will Ngaio Marsh's stalwart detective be able to find his son in time?

©1977 Original Text of 1977 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"One of the best stories by the doyenne of mystery writers in the traditional British style." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Rich, raffish, engagingly eccentric." ( Daily Express)

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  • John
  • 14-01-18

Ngaio trying to write “ Hip”...

Ngaio trying to write “ hip” for the times is quite unsettling.. she should have always written in her best known era... trying to be “ cool and hip” talking about drugs is just laughable.
Totally cringeworthy..

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  • notlad
  • 28-03-18

Tedious and somewhat boring for the first 2/3,

Although towards the end it becomes somewhat more interesting, it was rather tedious . After reading her other books, it is disappointing. The narrator is good though.