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....
"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." (Times Literary Supplement)
"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)
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