Colonel Ffolliot Petticate’s predicament begins when his novelist wife, Sonia, drowns during a sailing trip in the English Channel. A dramatic cover-up ensues in a tale full of humour, irony, and devastating suspense.
This is not an Appleby book, and it suffers from a vacuum of intelligence. Petticate, the protagonist, is a cartoon Englishman, without charm or wit; his wife and the society in their circle are all almost belligerently stupid. Petticate's predicament starts out promisingly but it's just not a pleasant place to stay for a long visit.
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