Ng’ombwana is a (fictional) African nation to have emerged in the wake of colonialism; as it happens, its President is Inspector Alleyn’s old school chum, the "Boomer." Old school ties being what they are, the Boomermaking an official visit to Londoninsists that Alleyn handle his security, rather than Her Majesty’s Special Branch. The Special Branch is not best pleased about this, as the Boomer is known to have some very deadly enemies, and the threats only increase when the Ng’ombwanan ambassador is killed. Happily for the Boomer, not only is Alleyn up to the task, but he is assisted by the rescued cat Lucy Lockett, who may have lost her pocket but proves extremely adept at finding clues.
About the Author
Ngaio Marsh was one of the celebrated queens of the golden age; she is the author of 32 novels in the "Inspector Alleyn" series. In addition to writing, her great passion was theater. She was born in New Zealand.
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You can't get much better for a classical mystery read than Ngaio Marsh. This time she takes on racism and emerging African countries.
Ngaio Marsh, being a New Zealander, was fascinated by color and racial differences and used them many times in her books. She was probably more sensitive to the Maori people than to Africans, but I enjoyed her portraits and perceptions even so.Marsh's characters live in a richly imagined environment. I had as much fun reading about the neighborhood (especially the cat) as following the story.