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Author Name:    MARSH, Ngaio

Title:   Photo-Finish. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Collins, London , 1980, 

Seller ID:   4086

MARSH, Ngaio. Photo-Finish. London : Collins, (1980). First UK Edition. Pp.(8),[9]-262,(2). 8vo, red cloth,gilt lettering to spine. Dragonby C26. For Marsh (23 April 1899 - 18 February 1982) see H.R.F. Keating's entry for he r in the DNB 1981-1985, pp.265-6. "Isabella Sommita, world-famous soprano, world-famous temperament -- what more fascinating subject for a portrait-painter like Troy Alleyn? So when an invitation arrived from her fabulously wealthy companion for Troy and her husband to be guests at his luxurious lodge on Lake Waihoe where La Sommita was staying, and to paint her portrait, Troy and Rory accepted with alacrity. Especially as Alleyn ad already been discreetly approached via Scotland Yard regarding the unflattering photographs of the diva which one 'Strix' was supplying to the world's p[ress. The latest, published shortly before the Alleyns' arrival, had caused a ferocious manifestation of the world-famous temperament. The Alleyns soon found Waihoe Lodge, amid some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery, to be everything its owner had claimed. Moreover, it was to be the setting for a private first performance of a one-act opera by La Sommita's youthful protege. A select party of musicians and guests had been invited; the composer was to conduct... At the end of the disaster La Sommita swept from the hall and was shortly afterwards found dead in her bedroom, a stilletto impaling a Strix photograph through her heart. With a houseful of suspects ranging from servants to serious musicians, now completely isolated by one of the lake'ssudden storms, Alleyn faces one of his trickiest cases. And Ngaio Marsh wr ites one of her best books." - from the dustjacket. Very good in price-clipped dustjacket. 20.00

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