Celebrated painter Troy Alleyn, aboard the Zodiac on a cruise of the English waterways, finds a colorful constellation of personalities on its passenger list. Plus one who missed the boat--found murdered in London. Her letters to her husband, Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, relate a string of incidents--capped by a grisly drowning--that convince him that one of the ship's company is a world-class art forger on the run. But can he unmask this master of disguise in time to save another life--possibly Troy's?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful: Colorful and Entertaining, December 8, 2001 Reviewer: gft from Biloxi, MS USA Unlike most of Marsh's Inspector Allen novels, A Clutch of Constables focuses primarily on his celebrated artist wife Troy, who has taken a spur of the moment river cruise only to find herself increasingly disturbed by mysterious goings-on during the voyage. Instead of damaging the story, the shift in focus to Troy makes for a refreshing change, and like most Marsh novels A CLUTCH OF CONSTABLES abounds with colorful, finely drawn characters and considerable atmosphere. Readers will quickly identify the nature of the criminal plot, but they will not be quite as quick to identify the ring-leader. A very entertaining read.