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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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Miss Emily Pride inherits the celebrated land on which Portcarrow stands, she wants put an end to the villagers thriving trade in miracle cures, especially Miss Elspeth Cost's gift shop. But somone puts an end to Miss Cost herself, and Miss Pride's guardian angel, Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, finds himself on the spot in both senses of the world.
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