A classic mystery from the Golden Age of detective fiction.
It was rumoured that Hollywood stars would go to any lengths for the privilege of being photographed by the good-looking, brilliantly talented and ultra-fashionable portrait photographer Leslie Searle. But what was this gifted creature doing in such an English village backwater as Salcott St Mary? And why - and how - did he disappear? If a crime had been committed, was it murder ... fraud ... or simply some macabre practical joke?
“Worth reading for its ingenious denouement.”
Times Literary Supplement
“Josephine Tey enjoys a category to herself, as a virtuoso in the spurious ... The nature of the deception on this occasion is too good to give away.”
“Nobody can beat Miss Tey at characterisation or elegance of style: this novel's a beauty.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Suspense is achieved by unexpected twists and extremely competent story-telling ... credible and convincing.”