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review 2018-04-19 15:32
The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh
The Nursing Home Murder - Ngaio Marsh

Because this one involves the murder of the Home Secretary, which is apparently a cabinet level position in the British Government (it seems to correspond loosely to a combination of the Secretary of State and the Head of Homeland Security, near as wikipedia can help me to figure out), it is one of the featured books in Chapter 12 of TSCC100, Playing Politics. 

 

This is also the third Inspector Alleyn mystery, but is the first one that I've read. I am reserving judgment overall because it was obvious to me that there was a backstory to the characters that I didn't have.

 

The mystery itself was fun - by the time Inspector Alleyn gets called out to the deceased Home Secretary, who died on the operating table from a septic appendix, pretty much everyone is a suspect. He's been getting threatening letters from the local anarchists and Bolsheviks, and he's broken it off with a mistress who is taking it badly and who just happens to be, along with his former friend and hopeful swain of the above mentioned mistress, the nurse and surgeon, respectively. They've both recently threatened him because the nurse is not handling the rejection with equanimity. And then we have his rather bizarre wife, a Leninst nurse, and an anesthetist who is disturbingly fond of a hands on approach to eugenics.

 

I didn't get the relationship between Alleyn and Nigel Bathgate at all, and the relationship with his fiancee, the fair Angela even less. I think I need more data in order to draw any conclusions. It was enjoyable, but a bit farcical.

 

Unfortunately, the solution to the crime was just plain bad. I had to read the last two chapters three times before I was able to really absorb what had happened, and at the end I was still just puzzled about the entire thing.

 

 

Allrighty then.

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text 2018-04-01 03:07
Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 11, 12 & 13-Finale)
The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman
The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman
The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman
The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10) - Joseph Delaney,Christopher Evan Welch
Death in a White Tie - Benedict Cumberbatch,Ngaio Marsh

Round 11
>>Collected COD- Stabbed w/ a Sword- Read The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

(Silver on Cover)


>>Collected CS- Green Dragon Pub- Read The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

(Three Word Title)

 


Round 12
>>Collected Victim- Atticus Finch- Read The Lost Page by Genevieve Cogman

(Author Last Name Begins with C in Finch)


>>Collected COD- Bow & Arrow- Read Lure of the Dead by Joseph Delaney

(Teenage Hero)

 



Round 13
>>Collected COD- Dark Alley Beat Down- Read Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh

(Book written between 1925-1975)

 

 

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text 2018-04-01 01:01
Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 228 pages.
The Nursing Home Murder - Ngaio Marsh

reminds me of that other fabulous "medical" Mystery, Green For Danger. besides the operating-table drama, they have at least one other thing in common---after 137 pages, I have no idea who the killer is, and how the murder was actually done.

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review 2018-03-31 23:16
Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn Series Book #7
Death in a White Tie - Benedict Cumberbatch,Ngaio Marsh

Another good book by Marsh...this one is set during the London season and starts out with Detective Alleyn on the hunt for a blackmailer and winds up looking for a murderer too. By the end, he professes his love to Angela Troy again with an ultimatum that if she doesn't love him back, then he can't bear to see her ever again. I flipped back and forth between reading and listening to the audio. The audio narration had me cracking up! Some of the voices they used for the women especially Lady Alleyn's was hilarious but it was a very accurate representation of what I pictured Lady Alleyn to sound like. : ) 

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text 2018-03-31 19:44
Reading progress update: I've read 99 out of 228 pages.
The Nursing Home Murder - Ngaio Marsh

wow. so melodramatic. so over-the-top. so theatrical (of course).

 

so. freakin'. entertaining!! please stay that way, book.

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