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In the ‘ads – wanted’ section, no one said anything about murder…
Classic crime from one of the greats of the Detection Club

‘No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant’ Sunday Express

Middle-aged spinsters of independent means shouldn’t answer matrimonial adverts. Agatha Forbes realised this when she saw what her brand new husband kept in his woodshed and screamed in mortal terror.

By then her husband’s tender caresses had slowly turned into a stranglehold. But, unbeknown to her, the moment that a doctor would scrawl his signature on her death certificate was creeping nearer with each passing day.


Unquestionably a most intelligent author. Gifts of ingenuity, style and character drawing
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
No author is more skilled at making a good story seem brilliant
If there is one author whose books need to be widely available, it is Gilbert