I read this book about 4-Dec-2003. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1973. This note was last modified Monday, 05-May-2014 22:25:36 PDT.
This is book 28 of the "Roderick Alleyn" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
Hey! A cat book! Lucy Lockett shows up early, and carries through the book. There's a fairly nice portrait sketch of Samuel Whipplestone, a retired Foreign Office man, becoming a cat person.
This was written at a time during the career of Keith Simpson, who was a forensic pathologist in London, and whose book I read just before this. There's no actual connection, but I still found it interesting.
The Boomer, leader of his recently independent African country, is an interesting character. Alleyn knew him quite well in school, and even there they found subjects they couldn't discuss. Now he's back, and his ambassador has been murdered, probably by mistake for him.
Interesting "coincidental" explanation -- two plots going off at once, somewhat interfering with each other. And unless I'm misreading, the guy the leader totally trusts is in fact working against him.