Before long, Daisy is caught up in a tangled case involving bootleggers, rum runners, gangsters, and, of course, murder. It's all handled with a light touch, and it's often very funny. The hapless and nearly helpless Treasury agent Lambert adds to the fun.
So what's a Treasury agent doing in England, and what's this about rum runners? After all, wasn't prohibition an American abberation, not an English one? Sure, but Americans who wanted something better than bathtub gin had to get it somewhere. That's where the black ship (a name for a rum-running vessel) comes in.
Black Ship isn't hardboiled at all, but lots of fun. If you like historical mysteries and English comedy, this one's for you.