Rickie Alleyn, son of the famed detective Roderick Alleyn had taken to the peaceful Channel Island village of Deep Cove to write his book. However, soon enough the tedium of provincial life threatens to send him packing until, that is, he finds a dead stablehand and sleepy community's world is upturned. His father is called to take proceedings into hand, but as a darker side to island life emerges, one of illegal drugs and smuggling, Rickie goes missing. Will Ngaio Marsh's stalwart detective be able to find his son in time?
©1977 Ngaio Marsh (P)2011 Hachette Digital
This late contribution in the Alleyn series does not disappoint. We find Troy and Roddy's son, Ricky, embroiled in murder and drug running, although he just wants to write his book and admire Julia, the wife of a friend on whom he has a crush. The Inspector and B'rer Fox arrive to solve the mess. Alleyn is one of my favorite tecs-a gentleman in all ways and intelligent and kind. "Sigh!" Do not fear to venture here, dear reader...May your day be a blessed one.
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