SINGING IN THE SHROUDS.
Edition: First printing.
Boston: Little Brown, (1958) dj. Hardcover first edition - Uncommon mystery involving a serial killer by this New Zealand-born author who was considered (along with Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy L. Sayers) one of the four "Queens of Crime" during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and featuring Superintendent Roderick Alleyn. The body of a strangled young woman is found on the London docks, clutching an embarkation notice for the cargo ship "Cape Farewell" so Alleyn boards the ship as a passenger at Portsmouth, knowing the killer is among the nine other passengers or the crew. 272 pp.
Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket (some toning to the pages, minor edgewear to dj, original price of $3.50 still present.