Ngaio Marsh's most popular novel begins when a young New Zealander's first contact with the English gentry is the body of Lord Wutherford - with a meat skewer through the eye...The Lampreys had plenty of charm - but no cash.
They all knew they were peculiar - and rather gloried in it.
The double and triple charades, for instance, with which they would entertain their guests - like rich but awful Uncle Gabriel, who was always such a bore.
The Lampreys thought if they jollied him up he would bail them out - yet again.
Instead, Uncle Gabriel met a violent end. And Chief Inspector Alleyn had to work our which of them killed him...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 19/04/1999
- Category: Classic crime
- ISBN: 9780006512363