Huxley was born and raised in Kenya and spent her life writing about it. She is most famous in the U.S. for the autobiography of her childhood, "The Flame Trees of Thika". She wrote a sequel to that autobiography and other factual books about Kenya, its history, its politics, its natives and its British and other European colonizers. She also wrote three mystery novels in the late 1930's set in East Africa featuring Superintendent Vachell, a police detective who does the investigations, of which this is the last in the series.
This book is typical of the English mystery novels that were popular at the time, many written by female authors such as Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy Sayers. Clever plots were the focus of the novels, in depth characterizations were not important. Huxley sets her mysteries in East Africa and does a brilliant job of describing the landscape and inhabitants, flora, fauna, indigenous people and European settlers, and I felt myself transported to the vivid settings. The plot is clever and logical and the usual red herrings are scattered throughout with most being believable, once the author reveals the culprit.
I've become a huge Elspeth Huxley fan, as I think that she writes beautifully, have read most of her books that are available and I heartily recommend this to lovers of a classic mystery. I also highly recommend her biography of Florence Nightingale.