Fading star Clarissa Lisle plans a spectacular comeback in a private performance of Webster' s bloodcurdling tragedy "The Duchess of Malfi," to be staged in an island castle owned by the eccentric collector Ambrose Gorringe. When she begins to receive poison-pen letters -- bearing death threats couched in Shakespearean quotations -- her husband hires young private detective Cordelia Gray to ensure her safety.
But before the curtain rises, one of the party will fall victim to a murderous blow, and as the suspense builds, it becomes clear to Cordelia that everyone confined within the walls of the castle seems to have an excellent motive for sending Clarissa Lisle " down, down to hell."
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" A masterly version of the clue-and-alibi game. . . . Five star!" -- "The Guardian "" P.D. James pulls out all the stops ...combining the enclosed setting of the country-house murder with elements of the horror story; an overlay of lust; a collection of relics of Victorian murderers ...midnight apparitions; hairbreadth escapes." -- "New York Magazine"Book Description:
In the second Cordelia Gray mystery from the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley , Cordelia is h ired to protect a beautiful but neurotic actress and soon becomes embroiled in a case as dangerous to her life as it is mysterious.
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Book Description PENGUIN BOOKS LTD, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 014012960X