Surfeit of Lampreys - Ngaio Marsh 1941 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First English Edition ‘Heaven knows,’ thought Roberta, ‘it’s enough to worry anybody but a Lamprey into a thousand fits!’

Listed by crime critic H.R.F. Keeting among his 100 Best Crime & Mystery Books, this deliciously titled novel is the tenth work to star famed gentleman detective, and amateur locksmith Roderick Alleyn. The title is a reference to the suspicious manner of Henry I of England’s death, who suffered a lethal attack of food poisoning after eating several lampreys, against the advice of his physician, while ‘Lamprey’ just so happens to be the surname of the first victim...
  ‘In her ironic and witty hands the mystery novel can be civilized literature.' -The New York Times

Dame Edith Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982), New Zealand author and theatre director, and considered to be one of the “Queens of Crime” in the British Golden Age. She established herself firmly in the classical tradition of the English detective novel with her first book, A Man Lay Dead (1934), written during her first visit to England.

References: Herbert,
The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing pg. 280. Cooper & Pike, Detective Fiction 205. The New York Times [web].

Octavo (19 x 13 cm). pp. 316 [4 (publisher’s advertisements)]. In publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in black, dust jacket priced ‘8s 6d net’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, spotting to edges, light wear to spine ends and corners, small mark to spine, in scarce dust jacket, with chips to spine, split along spine, and evidence of former tape repair to verso.   Ref: 108985   Price: HK$ 3,600