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Dead Water (The Ngaio Marsh Collection)

Dead Water (The Ngaio Marsh Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Ngaio Marsh
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‘A beauty… Miss Marsh is a fine, sly, comic writer.’
The Sun

‘A brilliant traditional detective story.’
Evening Standard

‘Reading a Ngaio Marsh mystery is like being in the company of a gracious, spirited raconteur.’

‘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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A quirky Roderick Alleyn mystery about faith, greed – and murder.

Times are good in the Cornish village of Portcarrow, as hundreds of unfortunates flock to taste the miraculous waters of Pixie Falls.

Then Miss Emily Pride inherits the celebrated land on which Portcarrow stands and wants to put an end to the villagers’ thriving trade in miracle cures, especially Miss Elspeth Costs’s gift shop.

But someone puts an end to Miss Cost herself, and Miss Pride’s guardian angel, Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, finds himself on the spot in both senses of the word…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (7 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031WHBX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and faith healing 30 Aug 2012
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Roderick Alleyn learned French from octogenarian, Miss Emily. Now she has received some anonymous letters threatening death and he advices her not to visit the property she has inherited in the West Country. But Miss Emily is not to be deterred and the visit goes ahead. There is a sprinh which appears to have healing properties and a Green Lady who has appeared to a small boy. The villagers have done well out of the healing properties of the spring which has become a shrine attracting many visitors and benefiting local businesses but Miss Emily wants to restore it to its natural state and she owns the land.

The local police are keeping an eye on Miss Emily's safety and when a murder takes place at the spring Roderick Alleyn is called in to investigate. This is a quirky and complicated mystery with many strands to it. Miss Emily is an interesting elderly lady and the villagers are a very mixed bunch with many and varied motives for committing the murder. There are tensions running under the surface of village life and many people have secrets which may or may not be known to others. A storm is raging through much of the police investigation heightening the tensions for everyone.

If you like your crime stories in the classic mould then there is no one to beat Ngaio Marsh for excellent plots and well realised characters. The books can be read in any order.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 27 May 2014
By Aletheuon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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'Dead Water' was published in 1964 and is the 23rd Alleyn novel. In a small coastal village, a local spring is believed by some to have miraculous healing properties; some locals are making quite a lot of money from this. Old Miss Emily Pride, who used to teach Alleyn, inherits the place from her sister. She goes to see the spring and is determined to stop what she sees as exploitation of desperate and suffering people. When she gets some anonymous threats and is then physically attacked, Alleyn feels he must go to protect her, as a revered old teacher of his, but he can't dissuade her from her outspoken attitude. Then, there is a murder and Alleyn must get to the bottom of the whole complex situation.
This isn't my favourite Alleyn novel because the plot strikes me as so unlikely, though it is well-plotted and not easy to guess the murderer. It has Ngaio Marsh's usual interesting and colourful cast of characters; Emily Pride is a wonderful imaginative creation, as are some of the village wierdos. The story is told with Marsh's usual wit and incisiveness, too. She does write very well and I love her style. This is a good book - just not her best, for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ngaio March 9 Jan 2014
By Monoco
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As usual, the plot develops initially in predictable fashion. However, surprises keep the reader interested until the final denoument. Well worth adding to your classic crime collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ngaio Marsh Collection 25 Nov 2013
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In the 1950s this author and Agatha Christie were amongst the few writers of crime fiction available. This collection is worth reading.
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