The Man in Gray was published in the United
Kingdom as The Gray Stranger
“ ‘Now, what’s an enologist?’ I asked the
dog. In reply he began to bark furiously and rushed at the front door. He
yowled as if in panic.”
An enologist is one who studies wine.
Daniel Vincent Willoz was one who studied wine until someone put a murderous
end to his enological practices. As is often the case, Willoz spent too much
time on enology and too little on toxicology. The good news is that Jean and
Pat Abbott are present to solve this fiendishly complex murder puzzle set in
Asey solves the Swan Boat Murder “in the
best Mayo manner [and] the other two stories are just as good.”—The New York
Top-notch entertainment for mystery readers
is contained in this volume made up of three Asey Mayo short novels, each
replete with the excitement, the humor and the amusing characterisations that
have distinguished all of this author’s popular books about the famous Cape Cod
In “The Headacre Plot,” murder is all tied
up with an eccentric millionaire’s hobby for wooden Indians and merry-go-round
horses, which play a neat part in the solution of the killing of Colonel Head. “The
Wander Bird Plot” concerns the girl, Cordelia, her angry uncle, and the
unfortunate and very dead gentleman found in their trailer. The third of the
stories takes its title, “The Swan Boat Plot,” from its locale in Boston’s
Public Garden, near the famed swan boats. Asey Mayo witnesses the shooting of a
young photographer and is called upon to solve a case that involves Boston’s
glamour girl and leads him on a fine chase through Boston’s old brick-bordered
As they drive away in low gear, Pat attempts to negotiate the treacherous hill from the ranch to the Rio Grande. The gorge below seems like a gruesome black gash. Then, without warning, their car plummets madly toward the river’s brink, crashing to a dizzy, roaring halt.
In exotic Tangier, the well-known husband
and wife team of Pat and Jean Abbott discover that international drug
trafficking, plus greed and intrigue, invariably spell catastrophe for those
And very bad luck for a number of
free-loading beachcombers and expatriates who’d just about convinced themselves
that they never had it so good.
Jack Ivers, an urban sophisticate with a particular fondness for wealthy women, lies peacefully in his bed, dead. This scenario is greatly convenient for the woman who finds him, as she was on the scene to kill him herself. More curious, the thirteen red tulips she noticed entering Ivers’ home had been replaced by thirteen white tulips before she made her exit.
A number of people had good reason to want Jack Ivers dead, and naturally it falls to Jean and Pat Abbott to solve the confounding case.
“Amusing and sophisticated.”—The [London] Star
“Fashion hints all over place. Smooth.”—The Saturday Review
“…has an authentic-seeming San Francisco background for the activities of its two happily married young sleuths and their dachshund, and is strong on personal relations, colour, dress and dialogue, and very nearly as strong on clues.”—The Sphere
“Brightly-told excitement, with good dressing and good food as you go along.”—Lady