False Scent - Ngaio MarshLondon: Collins for The Crime Club, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss to the spine ends and corners. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “Ngaio Marsh’s place among the great names of Crime Fiction is assured. This is her 21st book and once again she has given us a story, theatrical in setting and dramatic in plot, which introduces a dazzling and fascinating cast of characters.
The birthday party which Mary Bellamy gave each year had become a theatrical tradition; an occasion when the great names and glittering personalities came to display their affection and pay their homage to the brightest star of the British stage. But on this birthday (it was her fiftieth, though few were permitted to know it) everything went wrong. She quarrelled with her husband, her servants and the intimate friends who came with gifts but who also brought news of disloyalty and betrayal. Mary Bellamy needed all her acting ability to disguise the rage in her heart when she greeted her guests. Then the twisted corpse which was discovered upstairs in the course of the evening, brought a disastrous day to its dreadful climax. It also introduced Inspector Roderick Alleyn to a case which makes Ngaio Marsh’s newest book rank with Singing In The Shrouds, Opening Night and A Surfeit of Lampreys. It is an outstanding story from a Master Craftsman.”