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  • Published: 29 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099565659
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $24.99

The Widow's Cruise



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Private detective Nigel Strangeways books tickets for a holiday in the Greek islands, but the trip will end in tragedy in this the thirteenth Nigel Strangeways mystery.

A VINTAGE MURDER MYSTERY

When private detective Nigel Strangeways books tickets for a holiday in the Greek islands with renowned sculptor Claire Massinger, he has no idea that the trip will end in tragedy.

From the moment the boat sets sail it becomes clear that many of his fellow passengers - from a neurotic widow to the ship's lecturer - have guilty secrets to hide, but do any of them also have a motive for murder? It will take all of Nigel's insight and flair if he is to uncover the truth.

A Nigel Strangeways murder mystery - the perfect introduction to the most charming and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.

  • Published: 29 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099565659
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Nicholas Blake

Nicholas Blake was the pseudonym of Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis, who was born in County Laois, Ireland in 1904. After his mother died in 1906, he was brought up in London by his father, spending summer holidays with relatives in Wexford. He was educated at Sherborne School and Wadham College, Oxford, from which he graduated in 1927. Blake initially worked as a teacher to supplement his income from his poetry writing and he published his first Nigel Strangeways novel, A Question of Proof, in 1935. Blake went on to write a further nineteen crime novels, all but four of which featured Nigel Strangeways, as well as numerous poetry collections and translations.

During the Second World War he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information, which he used as the basis for the Ministry of Morale in Minute for Murder, and after the war he joined the publishers Chatto & Windus as an editor and director. He was appointed Poet Laureate in 1968 and died in 1972 at the home of his friend, the writer Kingsley Amis.

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Praise for The Widow's Cruise

The Nicholas Blake books are something quite by themselves in English detective fiction

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His plots are ingenious

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A master of detective fiction

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The Nicholas Blake books are something quite by themselves in English detective fiction

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