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Artists in Crime [Paperback]

Ngaio Marsh
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Book Description

18 Mar 2011

One of Ngaio Marsh’s most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy.

It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model’s pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen.

It’s a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion…

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (18 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006512569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006512561
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dame Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand in 1895 and died in February 1982. She wrote over 30 detective novels and many of her stories have theatrical settings, for Ngaio Marsh's real passion was the theatre. She was both actress and producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre. It was for this work that the received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.

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‘Marsh moves into top gear.’
Susan Howatch

‘The queen of the straight crime novel – long may she reign!’
Sunday Times

‘I rate Ngaio Marsh’s novels among the best in this genre, having read and re-read them many times over the years.’
Joan Hickson

‘The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.’
The Sun

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One of Ngaio Marsh's most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars gruesome murder, great book 20 May 2001
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With drugs, mistresses and promiscuity this novel could be set in any era. It was, in fact, first published in 1938 and was probably regarded as a racy little number at that time. I feel it has stood the test of time. There is a small amount of romantic interest for 'our' hero, (which continues in later novels) All characters are well introduced and there are an abundance of suspects some you will hope have not commited the murder and some you think certainly did.
In addition to the murder for which Alleyn is called in to investigate, there is a particularly horrific second murder which is graphically described.
It is possible to solve the mystery, all the clues are there. I didn't, but I am a bit lazy and sometimes don't even try, just enjoy the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn 27 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Prompt delivery; good packaging.

Well read and interesting. As with all the best readings, you forget the reader's voice and listen to the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deathly Party 13 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very entertaining, typical murder mystery from the time period. One of Ngaio Marsh's best stories read well by Benedict Cumberbatch
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite author 23 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
added to my collection of easy listening in the car. I already have every book, and now getting them in audio
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