The body was on the pointed rocks alongside the stream.The artist might have fallen from the cliff where he was painting, but there are too many suspicious elements -- particularly the medical evidence that proves he'd been dead nearly half a day, though eyewitnesses had seen him alive a scant hour earlier. And then there are the six prime suspects -- all of them artists, all of whom wished him dead. Five are red herrings, but one has created a masterpiece of murder that baffles everyone, including Lord Peter Wimsey.
Authentic in Scotland and Arctic Alaska, August 9, 2003 Reviewer: Earl Finkler from Barrow, Alaska USA This was the first Dorothy Sayers story I saw on television in the original series aired on Public TV. And it is one of her best. Like all of her mysteries, it gives the reader an in-depth view of a fascinating time and place --this time Scotland. I loved all the little details, including full portraits of bicycles used by the local folks. Also use of the Scottish language and accents. They were a bit difficult to follow the first time, but I tried again. As a resident of an Inupiat Eskimo community in the Alaskan Arctic, I know the value of local language as a very basic means of communication and an expression of cultural identity. The book carefully weaves in a basic course in painting, and makes it a factor in description and possible solution of the murder. (I'll say no more) So if you can't get to Arctic Alaska, or Scotland, in the near future, or take an extensive art course, buy this book. Read it at your leisure and enjoy!