It's business as usual for Mr Glossop as he does his regular round delivering wages to government buildings scattered across New Zealand's lonely Canterbury plains. But when his car breaks down, he is stranded for the night at the isolated Mount Seager Hospital, with the telephone lines down, a storm on its way and the nearby river about to burst its banks.
Trapped with him at Mount Seager are a group of quarantined soldiers with a serious case of cabin fever, three young employees embroiled in a tense love triangle, a dying elderly man, an elusive patient whose origins remain a mystery...and a potential killer.
When the payroll disappears from a locked safe and the hospital's death toll starts to rise faster than normal, can the appearance of an English detective working in counterespionage be just a lucky coincidence - or is something more sinister afoot?
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By Susan Ganney on 23-03-18
Ridiculous plot and strange narration
The plot became more and more of a farce. Why let the author narrate the story? The voice of the male lead sounded more like a head girl putting on her telephone voice. It ruined it for me. Shame as I enjoy Marsh stories. Think this was best left unfinished.
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By Mark Trezona on 03-04-18
A golden age-style crime mystery read with compelling theatrical vitality by its contemporary author Stella Duffy
This new novel has been written by Stella Duffy from the unfinished fragments Ngaio Marsh left before her death and it flows deftly through the many intrigues Detective Inspector Alleyn has to uncover and resolve with an easy irresistible sureness. Stella Duffy evokes a glorious richness in the specifics of the 1940s wartime New Zealand time and place setting, and voices her cast of characters, drawn with all of Ngaio Marsh’s signature complexities, with all the distinctiveness and theatrical vitality demanded by Marsh’s style. Listening to this novel is an easy, enjoyable and utterly compelling page turner. Highly recommended.
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