One of the best-loved and most prolific crime writers of her generation.
The prospect of a weekend on the French Riviera was an attractive one. Yet most of the nine people whom Major Mark Auty invited to join him hesitated before accepting his invitation. Each of them knew something about Auty's past - and because of their knowledge, had good reason to suspect some sinister intention.
Their doubts were not unwarranted. Before the flight took off for Nice murder had been committed - and one of the nine guests had to be guilty. But it was Major Auty himself who was the victim and it seems he was killed just in time . . .
Elizabeth Ferrars 1907-1995
One of the most distinguished crime writers of her generation, Elizabeth Ferrars was born in Rangoon and came to Britain at the age of six. She was a pupil at Bedales school between 1918 and 1924, studied journalism at London University and published her first crime novel, Give a Corpse a Bad Name, in 1940, the year that she met her second husband, academic Robert Brown. Highly praised by critics, her brand of intelligent, gripping mysteries beloved by readers, she wrote over seventy novels and was also published (as E. X. Ferrars) in the States, where she was equally popular. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine described her as as 'the writer who may be the closest of all to Christie in style, plotting and general milieu', and the Washington Post called her 'a consummate professional in clever plotting, characterization and atmosphere'. She was a founding member of the Crime Writer's Association, who, in the early 1980s, gave her a lifetime achievement award.