Impoverished Markham Crewe starts work as a social secretary to millionaire Andrew Harrison. His new employer's reputation is marred by rumours of unscrupulousness, financial deception and enemies. While staying on Harrison's houseboat during the Henley Regatta, Harrison is found dead. Convinced that this was no suicide, Inspector French takes charge of another intriguing case. Another thrilling mystery from the author of The Box Office Murders and Golden Ashes
Freeman Wills Crofts was born in Dublin and worked in railway engineering. He wrote detective fiction in his spare time until his move to England. Thereafter he wrote full time. To his plots he brought a mind trained in mathematics, specialising in the seemingly unbreakable alibi and transport timetables. His best-known character is Inspector Joseph French. French achieves his results through dogged persistence. Raymond Chandler praised Crofts' plots, calling him 'the soundest builder of them all'.