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Dead Water (original 1963; edition 1964)
by Ngaio Marsh
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Faith healing can be fatal
When intrepid octogenarian Emily Pride inherits an island, and the miraculous properties of its "Pixie Falls" healing spring, she is shocked by all the vulgarity. The admission fee, the Gifte Shoppe, the folksy Festival, the neon sign on the pub, all must go! But local opposition runs high, death threats pile up, and Miss Emily's old friend Superintendent Roderick Alleyn arrives just in time to discover a drowned body and a set of murder motives that seem to spring eternal.
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Portcarrow was just an unknown rural peninsula until young Wally Trehern's wart-covered hands were healed by the water gushing from a spring. Within weeks the area was transformed into an expensive spa and tills clanged merrily - until Miss Emily Pride inherited the land on which Portcarrow stood. She would have no truck with miracles or the charlatans who exploited them. Soon there were clashes with leading citizens - and murder followed.
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