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Ngaio Marsh
Birth date: April 23, 1895
Died: February 18, 1982
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A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
I've left myself in the interesting position of trying to review, at a distance of several weeks, two country house mysteries, both of them the first in the author's series. The one in question here is the first Roderick Alleyn mystery; the other, "The Crime at Black Dudley" by Margery Allingham, th...
BrokenTune rated it 4 years ago
Alleyn looked at him with a curious air of compassion. ‘Not even yet?’ he said. ‘Whose were the prints?’ ‘That I am not going to tell you. Oh, believe me, Bathgate, not out of any desire to figure as the mysterious omnipotent detective. That would be impossibly vulgar. No. I am not telling you be...
Lillelara rated it 4 years ago
The first "Inspector Alleyn" mystery and I´m glad that this isn´t the first one I´ve read by Marsh. Because this book isn´t that good. The plot is a simple one. During a house party a man dies and one of the house guests must be the murderer. Enter Inspector Alleyn ... or someone, who is suppose...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
Since I was reading a biography of Ngaio Marsh, I decided to pick up a couple of her mysteries from the library to remind myself of their flavour. This one is only the third in the series, so Roderick Alleyn is still without a romantic partner, and still decidedly a smart-aleck. The title of this ...
Tannat rated it 4 years ago
This was an enjoyable read but I knocked it down a bit for a couple of reasons. I find the technique of continually deferring explanation to the reader until the end to be a bit tedious. It diminishes my enjoyment when I have to wait for the explanation of all of the detective's "aha!" moments until...
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