Publish date: April 19th 1999
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Series: Roderick Alleyn 1 (#12)
7-10-13 There are some laugh outloud moments. And it's fun to go back to certain scenes once one is done with the book.
Another solid entry, again moving away from police procedural and toward character study.
If I had not know going in that this was a murder mystery, I wouldn't have guessed it in the first half of the book. We meet various colorful characters at a spa in New Zealand, where they mostly bicker. Also there are some descriptions of the traditions of the local Maoris. The only hint of mystery...
[These notes made in 1983:] A nice little mystery puzzle, with a suitably exotic and rather well-described setting in the hot springs area of New Zealand. It takes place in wartime, so the bad guy is not only a murderer but a spy. Two juveniles predictably fall for each other, and there is rather a ...