There was no nonsense about old Mr Cumlock. When he decided to die, he died, maliciously leaving his fortune to an unknown son as an act of revenge. 'I can't live without a woman, and I can't live with one,' his heir, Valentine Belmont, an artist, used to complain; this difficulty that had dogged him throughout his life was to bring everything tumbling about him in a blaze of disorder. The events in his life had a fearful symmetry enacted, it seems, solely by the light of falling stars ...'A first-rate study of malice, death and ancient feuds stewing in a small town' Birmingham Evening Mail
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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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