On a cold February night, the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away singing.
When the cargo ship Cape Farewell sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer. Which is why Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins the ship at Portsmouth on the most difficult assignment of his professional career....
"Ngaio Marsh at her intelligent best." (
Times Literary Supplement)
"Superlatively good." ( Sunday Times)
"Astoundingly good...moments of pure hilarity set among moments of real fear. Masterly." ( Daily Express)
"Really excellent...a proper and classic detective story." (BBC)
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Spoilt by the narration
This was a different format for a marsh novel set almost entirely on board ship. Unfortunately the narrator over does all of the characters to the extent that it is almost pantomime.
The story is excellent and the end is a good twist
Atmospheric but a bit obvious