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Ngaio Marsh
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18 Mar 2011

A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh’s 1930s novels.

The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim.

But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene.

But someone else got there first…

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (18 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006512577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006512578
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,720 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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‘The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers’
Times Literary Supplement

‘Ngaio Marsh’s Death in a White Tie is the best detective story I have ever read…’
Dashiell Hammett

‘[This book has] a distinction that puts the author in the front rank of crime story writers’
Times Literary Supplement

‘A brilliant, vivacious teller of detective novels.’
News Chronicle

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

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A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh's 1930s novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Roderick Alleyn, the younger son of a Buckinghamshire family and the star of Ngaio Marsh's novels is the perfect English detective. A gentleman, intelligent and not afraid of his emotions. In "Artists in Crime" he was introduced to painter Agatha Troy, and this novel sees their relationship develop. However, this is not a soppy romance set against a detecive background. Set during the London "season", society scandals end in blackmail and murder. As old friends are suffering can Alleyn find the culprits and get justice, avenging the late Robert "Bunchy" Gospel? Plotted to perfection, the murderer is well hidden enough to keep the readers guessing with out being completly unexpected. Marsh really was thye master of her craft.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ngaio Marsh I have read 1 Jan 2002
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This book is a must have for readers of Crime fiction. There is an excellent plot that has you either loving or hating the charaters in her web of death and lies. Roderick Allyen and Brer Fox are shown to work tierlessly to solve the murder of one of Alleyn's oldest friend and the clues lead... well its too good to give the game away Read this for yourself!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same book US to UK just a different title 3 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Please be aware that this book is titled differently in the UK compared to the US. The UK title for this book is "Off With His Head" while the US title is "Death of a Fool"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and Morris Dancing 15 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Morris dancing tradition and some pretty unpleasant people lead to murder in a small village at Christmas and Roderick Alleyn is called in to investigate a complex case. Camilla Campion has been invited to meet her estranged family, the Andersens, who make up most of the cast in the Dance of the Five Sons.

Unfortunately her grandfather, William Campion, is murdered during the dance on Sword Wednesday, close to Christmas. The villagers suspect Mrs Bunz - a German visitor collecting information about rural traditions - of somehow being involved in the murder but it seems impossible that anyone could commit a murder in full view of a crowd of people.

There are many unpleasant undercurrents in this well plotted mystery with plenty of family feuds and hidden motives. Unless the reader is very good at putting all the bits together they will be unlikely to work out who committed the murder and how it was done. The ending - which involves a reconstruction of the crime - is very well done and a tense and exciting read.

The characters are well drawn as ever and Alleyn himself is much in evidence in this story as the murder happens quite early on. Inspector Fox also plays quite a large part in it as well. This is an enjoyable and well constructed story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes their crime novels in the classic mould.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story - beautifully read 9 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you love 1930's detective novels, then this one is a good one! I've loved Ngaio Marsh murder mysteries since my childhood, and how wonderful to have the story told by such an accomplished actor as Benedict Cumberbatch. Each character (and there are a fair number) has it's own distinct voice and the overall pace of the piece is good. Yes, it is an abridged version of the book, but the cutting has been done very well and is not really noticable, unless you know the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Packaging Niggle 13 Oct 2011
By Angela
Format:Audio CD
Excellent story as usual from Ngaio Marsh, would recommend highly. My only niggle with this item was the changes made to the packaging. The thin sleeve on the box is flimsy and looks cheaper than the previous boxes which were printed on. As I keep my audiobooks long term I believe the new packaging will become tatty rather quickly. Only a minor irritation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition: misleading description 27 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Kindle edition of this book is advertised as containing 848 pages, and states that the price (3.99) represents a saving of 60% on the list price of 12.99. However, if you check the ISBN for the print edition, it refers to an omnibus containing three Ngaio Marsh titles: the Kindle edition contains only one book, at nothing like the advertised 848 pages - and naturally, the price for one is lower than the price for three: the saving isn't a saving at all. I love the convenience of my Kindle when I'm travelling, but I'm really not impressed by this sort of dishonesty. The book itself is wonderful: the low rating here only refers to the inaccuracy of the sales tactics.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT HAPPY 6 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Bought this from a product description of three books in one volume. The Kindle edition was cheap and therefore downloaded the kindle edition to read on holiday. Got to end of first story and found that was it. The Kindle edition only includes one of the three novels.

The story "Death in a White Tie" was excellent but buy the book rather than the kindle download as then you will actually get the product as described.

Couldn't say if this is sharp practice by Amazon or just incompetence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful period writing
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, spohisticated mystery.
Death in a White Tie is the seventh Roderick Alleyn mystery, first published in 1938. Confusingly, it is also titled 'Off With His Head' (one title was used in the US, the other in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Aletheuon
5.0 out of 5 stars Off with his head
In the 1950s this author and Agatha Christie were amongst the few writers of crime fiction available. This crime novel is worth reading.
Published 9 months ago by Dr. R. Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Anyone who loves N Marsh will have to have this in their collection. A very good read. I keep them and read over again.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Ronald S. Unsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely listening
As i haven't read any Ngaio Marsh novels, but need no good reason to listen to Mr Cumberbatch's golden tones, i thought that i would have give this audio book a try, and i am glad... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carrie ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Anyone who likes a good mystery and wants to add to their collection, I thoroughly recommend this book. I really enjoy reading it.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Ronald S. Unsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Having never read any of the Inspector Alleyn mystery's I decided to try one, what an excellent story Ngaio Marsh is definitely up there with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pip
4.0 out of 5 stars A 1930's novel
Interesting story, the usual detective skills applied by Alleyn. The story is clearly an earlier age but nevertheless the story flows well throughout.
Published 17 months ago by Peter Joiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Ngaio Marsh at her best
I had read this before and have now read it again having bought it for my Kindle. It is a wonderful period piece, the story revolving round the London season in the late 1930's... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good , classic period detective
great to get it on kindle ; my introduction to Alleyn and aw a fan of the classic period this was good bedtime reading
Published 18 months ago by analivia fisher
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