Product Description Paperback. Pub Date :2009-09-03 Pages: 672 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins UK A Harley Street surgeon and his attractive nurse are almost too nervous to operate.Their patient is the Home Secretary - and they both have very good personal reasons to want him dead.The operation is a complete success - but he dies within hours. and Inspector Alleyn must find out why ... About the Author Dame Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand in 1895 and died in February 1982. She wrote over 30 detective novels and many of her stories have theatrical settings, for Ngaio Marsh's real passion was the theatre. She was both actress and producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre. It was for this work that she received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.