An actress, Christine Clay, has taken a cottage near the ocean to hide out for a while. She is joined by a total stranger to her, Robert Tisdall, who was also looking to get away from life for a while. One morning, Christine turns up dead, drowned in the sea, and Inspector Alan Grant from Scotland Yard is called in by the local constables. He has his eye on Tisdall for doing the crime for various reasons, but his case is solidified when Clay's will is read and Tisdall comes into an inheritance. However, Grant's got a niggling doubt -- and so he sets out to investigate anyone who may have had it in for Christine...and finds that there are more than a few people who would have liked to have seen her dead.
Mostly a terrific read......
.......right up until the end, when Alan Grant solves the case using a whole bunch of info and insight the reader had no prior access to. Just like the old Sherlock Holmes novels, which I avoid for that reason.
However, the first 98% of the book was full of rich writing, fascinating characters, multiple lines of intrigue, vivid descriptions, and all that you could possibly ask for in a novel.
I will continue to read more Alan Grant novels, in hopes that she does come up with a more satisfying type of conclusion.