The restoration of a bombed-out London theatre ends in violent death - and one of Marsh’s most vivid and dramatic novels.
When the bombed-out Dolphin Theatre is given to Peregrine Jay by a mysterious wealthy patron, he is overjoyed. And when the mysterious oil millionaire also gives him a glove that belonged to Shakespeare, Peregrine displays it in the dockside theatre and writes a successful play about it.
But then a murder takes place, a boy is attacked, and the glove is stolen. Could it be that oil and water don’t mix? Inspector Roderick Alleyn is determined to find out....
"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." (
Times Literary Supplement)
"A first-rate book - an enticing opening, a fine whodunnit plot and exceptional richness in characterisation, background and humour. Don’t miss it on any account." ( Sunday Times)
"Shows Ngaio at the top of her form, combining a strong plot with well-developed characters and a variety of unexpected detail." (Margaret Lewis)
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