Murder, blackmail and drug-dealing on the Tiber combine in one of Ngaio Marsh's liveliest and most evocative novels. When their guide disappears mysteriously in the depths of a Roman Basilica, the members of Mr Sebastian Mailer's tour group seem strangely unperturbed. But when a body is discovered in an Etruscan sarcophagus, Superintendent Alleyn, in Rome incognito on the trail of an international drug racket, is very much concerned...
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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.Review:
'Excellent Roman detailed background... a lively thriller whodunnit.' OBSERVER 'One of her best books for a long time... keeps us guessing most craftily.' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Superintendent Alleyn is as devastating as ever.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Blackmail and drug-dealing on the Tiber... Fastidious writing, telling character sketches, a fine appreciation of place.' SUNDAY TIMES 'I have no doubt at all that this is the best detective novel you have ever written. It has everything, and will go very far.' EDMUND CORK, Ngaio Marsh's literary agent
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006512267