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By Alistair MacLean

Reissue of the vintage story of suspense set in Provence, the place an English vacationer investigates a sequence of mysterious deaths, from the acclaimed grasp of motion and suspense.

From in all places Europe, even from at the back of the Iron Curtain, gypsies make an annual pilgrimage to the holy shrine in their buyer saint within the Provence area of southern France. yet anything is assorted approximately this year's collecting, with many suspicious deaths.

Cecile Dubois and Neil Bowman choose to examine. Eavesdropping, Bowman discovers guy named Gaiuse Strome is financing the gypsies, and his suspicions at the genuine identification of Strome middle on a hugely filthy rich aristocrat, distinctive folklorist and gastronome, Le Grand Duc Charles de Croytor, whose female friend Lila Delafont is a pal of Cecile.

As they persist with the caravan, Bowman and Cecile locate that their lives at risk again and again on the way to discover the key the gypsies are so decided to conceal, and sooner than lengthy are working for his or her lives.

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Certain. ’ He used to be Le Grand Duc’s desk. Lila had risen and was once conversing. Le Grand Duc waved a lordly hand and he or she walked in the direction of the inn front. His face considerate, Bowman’s gaze her as she crossed the patio, fixed the stairs, crossed the lobby and disappeared. ‘She is gorgeous, isn’t she? ’ Cecile murmured. ‘How’s that? ’ Bowman checked out her. ‘Yes, certain after all. regrettably I can’t marry you either – there’s a legislations opposed to it. ’ nonetheless thoughtfully, he seemed throughout at Le Grand Duc, then again at Cecile. ‘Go seek advice from our well-built good friend. learn his palm. inform his fortune. ’ ‘What? ’ ‘The Duke there. move – ’ ‘I don’t imagine that’s humorous. ’ ‘Neither do I. by no means happened to me while your pal was once there – she’d have famous you. however the Duke won’t – he infrequently is familiar with you. and definitely wouldn’t in that conceal. no longer that there’s the slightest probability of him lifting his eyes from his plate besides. ’ ‘No! ’ ‘Please, Cecile. ’ ‘No! ’ ‘Remember the caverns. I haven’t a lead. ’ ‘Oh, God, don’t! ’ ‘Well then. ’ ‘But what am i able to do? ’ ‘Start off with the outdated mumbo-jumbo. Then say you notice he has vitally important plans within the close to destiny and if he's profitable – then cease there. Refuse to learn any further and are available away. supply him the influence that he has no destiny. detect his reactions. ’ ‘Then you actually do suspect – ’ ‘I suspect not anything. ’ Reluctantly she driven again her chair and rose. ‘Pray to Sara for me. ’ ‘Sara? ’ ‘She’s the consumer saint of the gypsies, isn’t she? ’ Bowman watched her as she moved away. She side-stepped in a well mannered way to prevent bumping into one other shopper who had simply entered, an ascetic and otherworldly taking a look priest: it was once most unlikely to visualize Simon Searl as whatever except a selfless and committed guy of God in whose fingers one could willingly position one’s lifestyles. They murmured apologies and Cecile carried on and stopped on the desk of Le Grand Duc, who reduced his espresso cup and glanced up in adequately ducal inflammation. ‘Well, what's it? ’ ‘Good morning, sir. ’ ‘Yes, certain, certain, stable morning. ’ He picked up his espresso cup back. ‘What is it? ’ ‘Tell your fortune, sir? ’ ‘Can’t you notice I’m busy? leave. ’ ‘Only ten francs, sir. ’ ‘I haven’t received ten francs. ’ He diminished his cup back and checked out her heavily for the 1st time. ‘But by means of Jove, even though, if in simple terms you’d blonde hair – ’ Cecile smiled, took good thing about the transitority second of admiration and collected his left hand. ‘You have an extended lifeline,’ she introduced. ‘I’m as healthy as a mess around. ’ ‘And you come back of noble blood. ’ ‘Any idiot can see that. ’ ‘You have a truly variety disposition – ’ ‘Not while I’m ravenous. ’ He snatched away his hand, used it to choose up a roll, then glanced upwards as Lila got here again to the desk. He pointed his roll at Cecile. ‘Remove this younger pest. She’s scary me. ’ ‘You don’t glance dissatisfied, Charles. ’ ‘How are you able to see what’s taking place to my digestion? ’ Lila grew to become to Cecile with a grin that used to be half-friendly, half-apologetic, a grin that momentarily pale as she learned who it used to be.

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