Brigadier Warrington thinks of himself as a well-moneyed playboy. His main wish is to please his son Tom, but his main desire is unsuitable women. This time it's Irma, a mysterious adventuress, unfortunately married to a certain militant Herr Gantzenhausen. When Tom arrives at his father's villa at Trigoso he takes an immediate dislike to Irma. Then there's the threatened appearance of her husband that hangs like thunder round the villa and reduces its inhabitants to a state of siege. The murder comes almost as a relief ...'One of the funniest moments of truth in recent fiction' Financial Times
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Joan Fleming was one of the most original and literate crime writers of her generation. Born in Lancashire and educated at Lausanne University she became the wife of a Harley Street eye surgeon and mother of four, and was already a successful children's author before she turned to crime. She is the author of over thirty novels and won the CWA Gold Dagger in 1962 for When I Grow Rich and again in 1970 for Young Man, I Think You're Dying. The Deeds of Dr Deadcert was made into the 1958 film Rx for Murder.
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