This detective novel deals with the death of an American staying at a coastal hotel in the UK. Gently is called in when it transpires that all is not as it seems. His investigation takes in a myriad of characters, the development of which takes up most of the novel. Unlike previous novels, Alan Hunter uses a literary style here with few paragraphs, florid language and builds up the characters rather than concentrating on a complicated plot. Certainly different and reasonably worthwhile.