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Death in Ecstasy: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #4 (Inspectr Roderick Alleyn) [Paperback]

Ngaio Marsh

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Death in Ecstasy Ahhh, prussic acid, that hallmark of classic Golden Age mysteries. 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 she transported herself to the Hereafter. At least, that s the romantic view. But Inspector Alleyn has little interest in romance; he s investigating a murder. Cara was a deeply spiritual young woman, a... Full description

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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder at the sacred flame 28 May 2012
By Damaskcat - Published on Amazon.com
Nigel Bathgate, journalist and friend of DCI Alleyn of Scotland Yard, happens to look out of the window of his flat one wet and windy evening and sees several people entering a doorway underneath a swinging sign of a sacred flame. Bored, he decides to go and see what it's all about and maybe find material for a story for his newspaper.

He manages to talk his way into the ceremony and finds it's a mixture of many religions and he witnesses a group of initiates passing round a goblet until the final person in the circle collapses dead after drinking from the cup. Nigel sends for DCI Alleyn.

The following investigation provides plenty of suspects and clues as well as a fair few red herrings. The book is well written and the plot complex. As ever the characters are well drawn and memorable and even the minor ones stick in your mind. The charismatic Father Garnette is a masterpiece as his House of the Sacred Flame and its flock. Ngaio Marsh was one of the masters of the Golden Age of British detective fiction and if you like your crime novels to keep you guessing almost until the last page then give this one a try.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic cozy 15 Mar 2014
By Tammy Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy read - just what I was looking for in an English mystery
Wittty, well defined characters and little gore
5.0 out of 5 stars Died at the Flame 17 Oct 2013
By Nash Black - Published on Amazon.com
Nigal Bathgate watches a group of people enter The House of the Sacred Flame during a driving rainstorm. The church is located across the street from his flat and with nothing else to do he weasels his way in to see what is going on, never believing he will be a witness to a murder.
When Cara Quayne falls dead a victim of poison during the ceremony, Nigal calls his old friend Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard out into the storm.
Nagio Marsh delves out plenty of suspects in the 4th installment of her series, DEATH IN ECSTASY.
Nash Black, author of CARDS OF DEATH.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 13 Oct 2013
By Wanda Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Another good one. She had me guessing who did it right up to the end. If you like Christie and Sayers you will like this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant period mystery 12 Aug 2013
By Honor Leitzen - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent plot, dialog, character interaction, in the tradition of all the greatest British mystery authors, such as Christie, P.D. James, Tey, and Sayers.
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