Often regarded as her most interesting book and set on New Zealand's North Island, Ngaio Marsh herself considered this to be her best-written novel. It was a horrible death - Maurice Questing was lured into a pool of boiling mud and left there to die. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, far from home on a wartime quest for German agents, knew that any number of people could have killed him: the English exiles he'd hated, the New Zealanders he'd despised or the Maoris he'd insulted. Even the spies he'd thwarted - if he wasn't a spy himself...… (more)
Seething Springs The bizarre assortment of people living at a health spa in New Zealand during World War II could set off almost anything - and they do.
Colonel Claire and his wife live with their two children an awkward daughter and a son studying Morse code - and Mrs. Claire's brother, a hot-tempered physician. Into their midst come a seedy inebriate named Smith and an unscrupulous businessman named Questing, who all suspect to be an enemy agent.
Questing suddenly dies under violent and macabre circumstances, and takes to his death a secret that promises far-reaching effects on each of his accusers...