A Man Lay Dead
Publish date: 2000
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
Series: Roderick Alleyn 1 (#1)
This is a classic, country house murder mystery, and the first of the Alleyn mysteries. I really think Marsh is at her best writing this sort of English countryside whodunit. A weekend house party leads to a body with a ceremonial dagger thrust in its back. In the house there are blossoming relation...
The problem with writing a brilliant and beloved series character is that no one is going to stop revisiting your awkward first novel about him.
A Man Lay Dead is a British murder mystery of the classic British murder mystery format. Lots of potential suspects at a weekend party/get-together at some fancy mansion, everything is, "just so ghastly," and all the women are, "so dreadfully frightened." Meh. Nothing special here, really, but it...
A young reporter is enjoying an upper-class British house party when abruptly, someone is found dead! I can't say I enjoyed this. There's an entire subplot concerning a Bolshevic satanic cult (?!) that goes nowhere, and isn't even an effective red herring. This is the first Inspector Alleyn book,...
Marsh introduced her famous detective in this mystery, and you can tell that she wasn't entirely sure what personality to go with. At times he reads like Wimsey playing a silly ass, at other times he is crude or clever in the manner of a Bright Young Thing; he takes the official police hard-line one...
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