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The Whistling Sands

By Ernest Dudley

For money or love?

When her uncle dies, Miss Alice Ames inherits the Whistling Sands, an old house overlooking the Conway Estuary in Wales, along with a sizeable cash legacy.

Loder, the housekeeper, should have got that money.

He was obsequious and servile to the old man and did all he could to wheedle his way into the will, but it was not enough. His dream of owning a country pub has been put on hold – that is until Wally Somers shows up on the doorstep.

Wally’s father told him to look up his old partner in crime Loder, if he was ever in Wales. And now here is, after legging it from Australia, a man wanted by the Sydney police.

Bitter and shrewd, Loder takes a liking to the young man and sees in his good looks and criminal ways a plan to get his hands on the money denied him by Miss Ames: a marriage.

Alice, plain and wary of spinsterhood, is prime for the deception. All Wally has to do is seduce her, take her for everything she’s worth and not get too attached…

The Whistling Sands is a thriller of duplicity, love and murder.

Ernest Dudley ran away from home at seventeen to become an actor in a Shakespearean troop, where he would later meet his future wife on the set of Peter Pan. Dudley then turned his attention to writing, first as a journalist, then as a writer for radio, television and film, before embarking on historical and detective novel writing. He was a founding member of the Crime Writers Association, and a marathon runner well into old age.

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