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Solomons Seal

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A beautiful young heiress, Perenna Holland, falls on hard times. She enlists Roy Slingsby, estate agent and bon vivant, to sell the family manse.

Once into the assignment, he uncovers an album of stamps with a singular story to tell.

Slingsby sets out to trace its origin. He joins a ship where the cargo is contraband, sails to an island seething with rebellion and finds th

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Published July 1st 1981 by Ulverscroft (first published 1980)
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Mar 11, 2015 Malcolm rated it liked it
Reading this Hammond Innes novel immediately after Golden Soak reveals that by the latter part of his career Innes had hit on a formula. Take a middle aged Englishman with no ties, produce an attractive younger woman in need of some help, set up an issue of survival in an exotic location and weave a story. Here we move from Western Australia to Bougainville although Australia and large copper mines are still right in there. Add a family feud and some mystery to solve and you have it done. As a p ...more
Simon Mcleish
Oct 24, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in February 2001.

One of Hammond Innes' best thrillers is closely concerned with the unthrilling world of stamp collecting. Its hero works for a Suffolk estate agents, arranging sales mainly of the effects of the dead. When asked to make a valuation for sale of a property, he is intrigued (as an amateur collector himself) by an unusual stamp album, as well as by the young woman living in the house. The Holland family is connected to the Solomon Islands, and sh
David Cozens
Postage stamps and landing craft in the Solomon Islands.
Finally finished. The conclusion is good. The sale of the stamps and the seal generate enough money for perenna and the narrator to but the LCT and continue running the Holland Line.
Frederick Tan
Jan 01, 2016 Frederick Tan rated it liked it
A good read.
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Mar 25, 2012 Martijn Onderwater rated it it was ok
It was a bit slow for my taste, and I was not very impressed with the plot.
Jeff Crosby
Sep 02, 2016 Jeff Crosby is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, ebook, ibooks
I am not quite stalled, but progress is slow.
Jul 19, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
07/18/08 purchase at librabry book sale room
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Ralph Hammond Innes was an English novelist who wrote over 30 novels, as well as children's and travel books.He was awarded a C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire) in 1978. The World Mystery Convention honoured Innes with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bouchercon XXIV awards in Omaha, Nebraska, Oct, 1993.

Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, and educated at the Cranbrook School in Kent
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