From the Publisher:
Rickie Alleyn had come to the island to write, but village life was tedious - until he found a dead stablehand. It might have ended there had Rickie not noticed some strange and puzzling things. Rickie's father, Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, is called in to investigate.
Ngaio Marsh: Last Ditch. St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312972865 (January, 2000); 288 p., $5.99