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Publisher's Summary

Murder, blackmail and drug dealing on the Tiber combine in one of Ngaio Marsh’s liveliest and most evocative novels.
When their guide disappears mysteriously in the depths of a Roman basilica, the members of Mr. Sebastian Mailer’s tour group seem strangely unperturbed. But when a body is discovered in an Etruscan sarcophagus, Superintendent Alleyn, in Rome incognito on the trail of an international drug racket, is very much concerned....
©1970 Original Text of 1970 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"Excellent Roman detailed background...a lively thriller whodunnit." ( Observer)
"One of her best books for a long time...keeps us guessing most craftily." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Superintendent Alleyn is as devastating as ever." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"Blackmail and drug-dealing on the Tiber.... Fastidious writing, telling character sketches, a fine appreciation of place." ( Sunday Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mack Tennyson on 07-05-16

Can't go wrong with Ngaio Marsh

Very unique plot. You are left pulling for the murderer. I enjoyed the novelty of the plot and the Roman location.

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1 out of 5 stars
By John on 10-28-17

YIKES..!!.. Naigo missed the mark on this one.!

Naigo tried to write something " hip"
and " with it"... centering around the drug culture of the time was a mistake.
It was altogether cringe worthy..I was embarrassed for her.. we expect grace and erudition from her not slang..
And as for the narrator trying out different accents throughout the book
He would get lost with the Italian attempt and wound up sounding like
Dracula in a grade B horror movie.. if it weren't so sad ,.. it would have been funny...

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