'As a maker of watertight puzzles, Mr Connington has no superior' Daily Mail
A young couple, the Trents, arrive on the lonely islet of Ruffa - where a large house has been lent to them for part of their honeymoon - and stumble upon mystery.
Gold is being exported from Ruffa in quantity. Where does it come from From the Armada wreck in the bay Or from some old Norseman's hoard like the Traprain Law treasure. Or has the other tenant discovered the secret of making gold The Trents are set on a surprising course to find out . . .
Alfred Walter Stewart (1880-1947), who wrote under the pen name J. J. Connington, was born in Glasgow, the youngest of three sons of Reverend Dr Stewart. He graduated from Glasgow University and pursued an academic career as a chemistry professor, working for the Admiralty during the First World War. Known for his ingenious and carefully worked-out puzzles and in-depth character development, he was admired by a host of his better-known contemporaries, including Dorothy L. Sayers and John Dickson Carr, who both paid tribute to his influence on their work. He married Jessie Lily Courts in 1916 and they had one daughter.