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An exuberant mystery story from the celebrated author of successful Crime Classic Portrait of a Murderer, this title has an excellent sense of humour and attention to 1930s period detail. It includes the rare short story ‘The Cockroach and the Tortoise’ and ‘Horseshoes for Luck’ featuring the same villain of the main novel, The Spider.
The British Secret Service, working to uncover a large-scale blackmail ring and catch its mysterious mastermind ‘The Spider’, find themselves at the country residence Feltham Abbey where a fancy-dress ball is in full swing. In the tumult of revelry, Sir Ralph Feltham is found dead. Not the atmosphere bewildered guest Tony was expecting, he sets out make sense of the night’s activities and the motives of the other guests.
Among them is Hilary, an independently minded socialite still in her costume of vivid silk pyjamas and accompanying teddy bear…
This classic country house mystery, first published in 1933, contrasts the splendours and frivolities of the English upper classes with the sombre over-hang of the First World War and the irresistible complications of deadly familial relationships.
Author: Anthony Gilbert, with an introduction by Martin Edwards
Brand: British Library Publishing
Number of pages: 256 pages
Dimensions: 190 x 130 mm