On a cold February night the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away, singing. When the cargo ship, Cape Farewell, sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer.
‘Ngaio Marsh at her intelligent best.’
Times Literary Supplement
‘Astoundingly good… moments of pure hilarity set among moments of real fear. Masterly.’
‘Really excellent… a proper and classic detective story.’
From the Back Cover
THE ALLEYN MYSTERIES
The Police found the third corpse on a wharf in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. Once again, the killer walked away, singing. Within the hour he was safe a sea – and among his fellow-passengers were four more potential victims…
"Astoundingly good…moments of pure hilarity set among moments of real fear"
"Really excellent…a proper and classic detective story"
"The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an express."
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 the received what she called her ‘damery’ in 1966.