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A seemingly-innocent advert; a missing widow. And it’s the detective who’s in the most danger…
Classic crime from one of the greats of the Detection Club

Detective Arthur Crook is browsing the newspaper on the morning of 14 April 1947, when an advertisement jumps out at him.

Rest and Refreshment: to a lady seeking the above and able to pay for it, is offered a unique opportunity for complete seclusion in a delightful country house’

Disastrously, Mrs Emily Watson has read the same ad, and soon Crook becomes embroiled in the disappearance of a rich widow preyed upon by her unscrupulous nephew. And, for once, the super sleuth almost comes a cropper . . .

‘The ebullient Crook at his boisterous best’ Country Life

Reviews

If there is one author whose books need to be widely available, it is Gilbert
Inkquilletc.blogspot
Unquestionably a most intelligent author. Gifts of ingenuity, style and character drawing
SUNDAY TIMES
Anthony Gilbert shared with other successful crime writers a combination of writing talent and clever plotting skills necessary to make it in detective fiction's Golden Age ... Along with Agatha Christie [he] had a talent to deceive
mysteryfile.com
No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant
SUNDAY EXPRESS