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By Elspeth Huxley

Lifestyles at executive residence within the African colony of Chania turns out comfy and booming although Olivia Brandeis, a tender anthropologist, senses difficulty brewing. And while the governor, Sir Malcolm McLeod, is located strangled at his table, her instinct is confirmed sound.
Enter Superintendent Vachell. His interrogation eliminates the crust of calm from the local people. however it isn't really till Olivia relates her come upon with a tribal witchdoctor that the riddle surrounding the homicide is solved.
"Secret societies, homicide and secret are set opposed to the shiny African panorama during this crime vintage from the writer of THE AFRICAN POISON MURDERS and THE FLAME bushes OF THIKA." (Publisher's resource)

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