A Man Lay Dead
Publish date: 2000
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
Series: Roderick Alleyn 1 (#1)
I've been meaning to try Ngaio Marsh's books for a while so when I came across A Man Lay Dead in my hunt for another country house mystery to read, I figured I could kill two birds with one dagger stone, so to speak. In this first book, we're introduced to the star of the series, Detective Inspector...
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,...
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