A scheming American capitalist is found dead in the garden of his English country house confounding amateur detective Philip Trent.
When a scheming American capitalist is found dead in the garden of his English country house, two immediate matters confound amateur detective Philip Trent: why is the dead man not wearing his false teeth, and why is his young widow seemingly relieved at his death? The newly widowed Mabel Manderson – 'the lady in black' – has a disarming effect on the refreshingly fallible and imaginative Trent, in this classic detective story that twists and turns with ingenious deductions and misplaced assumptions.
The Green Popular Penguins Story
It was in 1935 when Allen Lane stood on a British railway platform looking for something good to read on his journey. His choice was limited to popular magazines and poor quality paperbacks. Lane's disappointment at the range of books available led him to found a company – and change the world.
In 1935 the Penguin was born, but it took until the late 1940s for the Crime and Mystery series to emerge. The genre thrived in the post-war austerity of the 1940s, and reached heights of popularity by the 1960s.
Suspense, compelling plots and captivating characters ensure that once again you need look no further than the Penguin logo for the scene of the perfect crime.