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by Mabel Esther Allan

Published by Heinemann. 1st. 1975

Very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. How Flavia risks her life to foil a murder, and how she solves the mystery... Brown boards, gilt title to spine. 150 pages.

SIGNED by the author to front free-endpaper. Spine bumped. Faint marks to edge of front cover. Name in blue biro to top edge of front free-endpaper. Foxing to page edges. Dustwrapper is edge rubbed, slightly grubby to rear panel and lightly foxed on verso.

ISBN: 0434926957
Stock no. 1314757

Price £45.00

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  • Flavia Scott is thrilled to be in Rome, her mother's birthplace. She is working as secretary/companion to Emily Agnew, a travel writer, and she can hardly believe her luck.
  • They are to stay at the Villa Giannino, the home of a fellow American and her Italian husband. But from the moment they arrive Flavia feels uneasy and senses that something is wrong. The Gianninos, Ethel and Luigi, try to persuade their visitors to stay in a hotel, as they claim that Luigi's mother is ill. But the dominating old woman herself insists that they must stay at the villa and dismisses as nonsense any suggestion that she is unwell. So Flavia has to stay in the beautiful villa, increasingly aware that Ethel and Luigi are planning something sinister.
  • It is a relief for Flavia to involve herself in her work, and to admire the wonders of ancient Rome. And even better when Ashley Bainbridge, a young American in Rome, invites her out to dinner. Should she tell him of her suspicions, of the overheard conversations? Should she tell him of the attempts on her life? It seems so unreal, but as time goes on Flavia realises that her worst suspicions are confirmed and that there really is danger at the villa, danger of murder.

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