The Sinful Stones (The Seals)
The third of six novels with Detective James Pibble
About the book
James Pibble has been summoned to a remote Scottish island by his long-dead father’s ex-employer, the semi-senile Nobel Prize-winner, Sir Francis Francis. Before long, he finds himself attempting to extract Sir Francis from the grip of a crazed millenarian sect which seems determined to keep him there. It seems they will stop at nothing to make sure he stays. Including murder…
Fantastically inventive…a story full of imaginative detail with a stirring, sardonic end.
Here is that rare bird among thrillers: one that combines sheer speed and subtlety, through sheer writing skill.
A delight to read.
Times Literary Supplement
So richly contoured as to demand comparison with the best contemporary fiction.
Peter Dickinson is a master of the bizarre...The Sinful Stones is bewildering and yet believable, marvelously mad but perfectly logical...I had an unusually good, and often gripping, time with it.
This Scottish yarn is like a lightweight, well woven, expertly tailored Harris tweed. To scramble metaphors, the cunning mechanism of the plot purrs like a Rolls, and the writing is luscious thick Devon cream. There's been nothing like it in British mystery fiction since Michael Innes and Edmund Crispin.
Hodder & Stoughton, UK - 1970
Harper & Row, US - 1970
Panther, UK - 1972
Hamlyn, UK - 1983
Mysterious Press, UK - 1988
International Polygonics Ltd, US - 1991
Open Road, US - 2015