Ricky Alleyn perhaps you kw his father, Roderick? first appeared in Spinsters in Jeopardy, as a child. He s w 21, and has taken himself off to a secluded island to write a vel. Or think about writing a vel. Or look for distractions so he can avoid writing a vel. The distractions abound, mostly in the form of colorful local characters (and a rather dishy one), so all is beer and skittles (well, except for the vel) until Ricky stumbles across a murder and then gets himself kidnapped. Which is too bad for Ricky (and the murder-victim), but dandy for the reader, as it brings Inspector Alleyn to the island, and he s on top form. A subtheme involving drug-running may strike a jarring te, but remember, Last Ditch was first published in 1977, and as such, it offers a remarkable look at what happens when the characters and conventions of the Golden Age fetch up in the distinctly tarnished present.
Ngaio Marsh was one of the queens of the golden age of mystery, writing 32 mysteries in the Roderick Alleyn series. She grew up in New Zealand.