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Death in a White Tie (Roderick Alleyn Book 7)
Death in a White Tie (Roderick Alleyn Book 7)
by Ngaio Marsh
A high-society homicide is the talk of the London season . . .“Marsh’s writing is a pleasure.” —The Seattle TimesIt’s debutante season in London, and that means giggles and tea-dances, white dresses and inappropriate romances . . ..and much too much champagne. And, apparently, a blackmailer, which is where Inspector Roderick Alleyn comes...
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Death in Ecstasy (Roderick Alleyn Book 4)
Death in Ecstasy (Roderick Alleyn Book 4)
by Ngaio Marsh
Tainted wine sends a member of a religious sect to meet her maker in a witty mystery marked by “quiet, intelligent deduction” (Kirkus Reviews).Did lovely Cara Quoyne get a whiff of the bitter almonds as she raised the goblet to her lips? We’ll never know: With a single sip of prussic acid she transported herself to the Hereafter.Now...
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Scales of Justice (Roderick Alleyn Book 18)
Scales of Justice (Roderick Alleyn Book 18)
by Ngaio Marsh
An aristocrat dies under fishy circumstances in this tale by “the finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit” (The Sun). In an almost unspeakably charming little English village, one of the local aristocrats turns up dead next to the local trout-stream with, in fact, a trout at his side. Everyone is...
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Surfeit of Lampreys (Roderick Alleyn Book 10)
Surfeit of Lampreys (Roderick Alleyn Book 10)
by Ngaio Marsh
A suspicious inheritance comes to the rescue of a cash-strapped aristocratic family: “Entertaining and devious . . . Plenty of red herrings.” —Kirkus Reviews The upper-crust Lamprey family exemplifies charm, wit, and a chronic lack of funds. Their only source of hope is the wealthy but unpleasant Lord Wutherwood, and the Lampreys may...
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When in Rome (Roderick Alleyn Book 26)
When in Rome (Roderick Alleyn Book 26)
by Ngaio Marsh
A British tour group in Italy finds murder is an obstacle to their sightseeing: “Fastidious writing [and] a fine appreciation of place.” —Sunday Times A group of well-to-do tourists is visiting Italy’s magnificent churches, but they’ve found themselves stumbling into an unholy web of blackmail and drug-smuggling—and, in the depths of a...
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Night at the Vulcan (Roderick Alleyn Book 16)
Night at the Vulcan (Roderick Alleyn Book 16)
by Ngaio Marsh
“The theatre plays backdrop to romance and murder . . . Good reading.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Newly arrived from New Zealand and in need of funds, Martyn Tarne takes a job as a dresser to the Vulcan Theater’s leading lady. Along with a paycheck, this also provides her with a ringside seat to the backstage circus—and the eventual...
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Clutch of Constables (Roderick Alleyn Book 25)
Clutch of Constables (Roderick Alleyn Book 25)
by Ngaio Marsh
A river cruise may be sunk by a ruthless criminal in this novel by “the doyenne of traditional mystery writers” (The New York Times). Inspector Alleyn’s wife, the artist Agatha Troy, has a special fondness for Constables—the paintings, that is, not the policemen. So she jumps at the chance to take a river cruise through “Constable...
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Death of a Fool (Roderick Alleyn Book 19)
Death of a Fool (Roderick Alleyn Book 19)
by Ngaio Marsh
Folkways turn fatal in a very old-fashioned English village, in this witty mystery filled with “ingenious” detective work (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).The village of South Mardian likes the old ways. The very old ways. This may be 1957, but South Mardian still features a blacksmith, a village idiot, and an elaborate fertility ritual...
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Artists in Crime (Roderick Alleyn Book 6)
Artists in Crime (Roderick Alleyn Book 6)
by Ngaio Marsh
A model is murdered in this “first-rate” detective story by the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master (Kirkus Reviews). On a ship traveling back to England, Miss Agatha Troy finds Inspector Roderick Alleyn tedious and dull; he thinks she’s a bohemian cliché. They may be destined for romance, but there’s a murder in the way: No sooner...
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Photo Finish (Roderick Alleyn Book 31)
Photo Finish (Roderick Alleyn Book 31)
by Ngaio Marsh
Photo Finish’s dead diva, the soprano Isabella Sommita, was widely loathed, so much so that the problem is less a lack of plausible suspects than an embarrassment of options. Though the grand country-house – and with it, the country-house murder – was history by 1980, when Photo Finish was originally published, Dame Ngaio got around the...
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Colour Scheme (Roderick Alleyn Book 12)
Colour Scheme (Roderick Alleyn Book 12)
by Ngaio Marsh
A mystery with “atmosphere, humor . . .and a group of characters, English, Maori, and New Zealander, who are fascinating and completely credible.” —The New York TimesDuring World War II, Colonel Claire—a tremendously nice fellow and a disastrously bad businessman—runs a mud-baths resort in rural New Zealand. But the place is on the brink...
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Hand in Glove (Roderick Alleyn Book 22)
Hand in Glove (Roderick Alleyn Book 22)
by Ngaio Marsh
One has to admit that the timing was peculiar. No one could doubt that Mr. Percival Pyke Period was genuinely distraught to hear that his neighbor, Harry Cartell, had turned up dead in a ditch. But how is it that Mr. Percival Pyke came to write the letter of condolence before the body was found? And how is it that Mr. Cartell came to...
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Last Ditch (Roderick Alleyn Book 29)
Last Ditch (Roderick Alleyn Book 29)
by Ngaio Marsh
Detection becomes a father-and-son activity in the Channel Islands: “A mystery novelist of world renown.” —The New York Times Ricky Alleyn, son of the renowned police detective Roderick Alleyn, has taken himself to a secluded island to write a novel. Or think about writing a novel. Or look for distractions so he can avoid writing a...
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Killer Dolphin (Roderick Alleyn Book 24)
Killer Dolphin (Roderick Alleyn Book 24)
by Ngaio Marsh
“Miss Marsh works her characteristic storyteller's magic with the elements of theater and suspense.” —Kirkus Reviews The impresario Peregrine Jay has fulfilled a long-cherished dream: Thanks to a very generous gift, he now owns the Dolphin Theatre, and has restored it to its former glory. To celebrate the reopening, a no-expenses-spared...
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Vintage Murder (Roderick Alleyn Book 5)
Vintage Murder (Roderick Alleyn Book 5)
by Ngaio Marsh
A police inspector finds trouble during a trip to New Zealand: “It’s time to start comparing Christie to Marsh instead of the other way around.” —New York MagazineInspector Roderick Alleyn has taken a break from England and journeyed to New Zealand, and traveling along with him are the members of the Carolyn Dacres English Comedy...
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Money in the Morgue (Roderick Alleyn)
Money in the Morgue (Roderick Alleyn)
by Ngaio Marsh, Stella Duffy
This novel of murder and espionage in World War II New Zealand is “an exquisite reminder of the brilliance of Marsh’s London detective” (The Guardian).Inspector Roderick Alleyn just wants to write a letter to his wife, but World War II, for one, keeps intruding. It’s war-work, after all, that has brought Alleyn to this seedy hospital in...
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Death at the Bar (Roderick Alleyn Book 9)
Death at the Bar (Roderick Alleyn Book 9)
by Ngaio Marsh
At an English pub, a dart becomes a deadly weapon: “Any Ngaio Marsh story is certain to be Grade A.” —The New York Times A game of darts does involve some danger, but it’s rarely lethal. There are exceptions, however, like the famous barrister who was enjoying a pint at the Plume of Feathers pub, and is now residing at the morgue. But...
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Singing in the Shrouds (Roderick Alleyn Book 20)
Singing in the Shrouds (Roderick Alleyn Book 20)
by Ngaio Marsh
It’s foul play on a freighter: “Enthralling . . .keeps the reader on tenterhooks until the dramatic finale.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The good ship Cape Farewell is steaming out to sea, with a passenger-list and crew fairly littered with the shifty, the twitchy, the peculiar, and the up-to-no-good. Arguably the up-to-no-goodest...
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Light Thickens (Roderick Alleyn Book 32)
Light Thickens (Roderick Alleyn Book 32)
by Ngaio Marsh
From the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, this tale of death at the Dolphin Theatre has “wit, charm, and oodles of atmosphere” (Kirkus Reviews). Among theater folk, “the Scottish play” is considered unlucky, so much so that tradition requires anyone who utters its proper name backstage to leave the building, spin around, spit...
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False Scent (Roderick Alleyn Book 21)
False Scent (Roderick Alleyn Book 21)
by Ngaio Marsh
This tale of an actress’s dramatic demise, and a police detective trying to sniff out a killer, is “one of Ngaio Marsh's best yarns” (Kirkus Reviews). Mary Bellamy is the sweetheart of the London stage—everyone simply adores darling Mary. So her fans and friends are heartbroken when somehow Mary manages to spritz herself not with her...
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Overture to Death (Roderick Alleyn Book 8)
Overture to Death (Roderick Alleyn Book 8)
by Ngaio Marsh
A local busybody is silenced for good in this tale by “a peerless practitioner of the slightly surreal, English-village comedy-mystery” (Kirkus Reviews).In their Dorset village, neither Miss Campanula nor her friend Miss Prentice are known as lovable little old ladies. They’re waspish, gossiping snobby little old ladies, passionate only...
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A Grave Mistake (Roderick Alleyn Book 30)
A Grave Mistake (Roderick Alleyn Book 30)
by Ngaio Marsh
A fancy hotel plays host to homicide in a “jubilant” novel by “a peerless practitioner of the slightly surreal, English-village comedy-mystery” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Sybil Foster lives the sort of little English village that is home mostly to the very rich and the servants who make their lives delightful. But Sybil Foster’s...
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Swing, Brother, Swing (Roderick Alleyn Book 15)
Swing, Brother, Swing (Roderick Alleyn Book 15)
by Ngaio Marsh
Murder strikes a sour note at a jazz concert in this classic detective novel from the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master.Lord Pastern and Bagott is given to passionate, peculiar enthusiasms, the latest of which is drumming in a jazz band. His wife is not amused, and she is even less so when her daughter falls for Carlos Rivera, the...
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Died in the Wool (Roderick Alleyn Book 13)
Died in the Wool (Roderick Alleyn Book 13)
by Ngaio Marsh
The inspector digs into a cold case on a New Zealand sheep farm in this “well-sustained crime story” from the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master (Kirkus Reviews).Flossie Rubrick, a highly opinionated and influential member of the New Zealand Parliament, was last seen heading off to one of the storage sheds on her sheep farm. Three...
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Collected Short Mysteries
Collected Short Mysteries
by Ngaio Marsh
Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt. If it did, none of us would read series fiction. “Noooo,” we’d whine. “Not another book about Inspector Alleyn!” When it comes to Ngaio Marsh – and in truth, one or two other writers we could mention – familiarity has tended mostly to breed delight.And yet. There is something wonderful about...
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Tied Up in Tinsel (Roderick Alleyn Book 27)
Tied Up in Tinsel (Roderick Alleyn Book 27)
by Ngaio Marsh
The acclaimed author brings us crime at a country-house Christmas party in “one of her best and most baffling mysteries” (Daily Express). It’s the Christmas season in 1972, and Agatha Troy is at a house party, enjoying the local holiday pageant and also painting the host’s portrait. The painting’s coming along fine, but the pageant goes...
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Spinsters in Jeopardy (Roderick Alleyn Book 17)
Spinsters in Jeopardy (Roderick Alleyn Book 17)
by Ngaio Marsh
England, New Zealand, a theatrical milieu, and a roster of clues…readers will recognize the hallmarks of Ngaio Marsh’s classic series. And they won’t find any of them here. Instead, Inspector Alleyn has decamped for the South of France for a vacation en famille. Well, the famille will be vay-caying while Alleyn does a little official...
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Dead Water (Roderick Alleyn Book 23)
Dead Water (Roderick Alleyn Book 23)
by Ngaio Marsh
A spring may have healing properties—but the controversy over it may have harmful results—in a witty mystery by a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. The elderly Emily Pride is perfectly pleased to have inherited an island, even if her starchy pragmatism is ever-so-faintly appalled by the island’s “Pixie Falls” spring and its...
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