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- Print Length: 752 pages
- Publisher: Harper (18 July 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D0VYEB2
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Inspector Alleyn 3-Book Collection 2: Death in Ecstasy, Vintage Murder, Artists in Crime (The Ngaio Marsh Collection) Kindle Edition
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The House of the Sacred Flame' is the headquarters of a weird, new-ageish cult led by 'Father' Jasper Garnette, a man with a powerful personality. It attracts wealthy followers, some of them naive dilettantes and some a bit lonely and desperate. Nigel Bathgate, a reporter and old friend of Roderick Alleyn, lives nearby and decides to find out more about the cult. When Cara Quayle, a member of the group, dies after drinking from a ceremonial cup, Bathgate suspects poison and calls in Alleyn. The bitter almonds smell of cyanide is obvious.
Alleyn dislikes such groups at a gut level and does not relish contact with this one. He soon learns that the cult earns Garnette a comfortable sum, because certain rich persons have poured money into it. One of them is Samuel J Ogden, an American; Cara Quayle also gave a lot of money, as did a Frenchman, de Ravigne, who has since lost his fortune.
The seven cult members are all suspects. So are Garnette, his two acolytes and a Doctor Kasbek, as well as Cara Quayne's old nurse. Alleyn uncovers plenty of possible motives and conflicts among them, including drug abuse.
I don't usually like books about religious cults invented by novelists. They are usually full of hocus-pocus and nonsense and I feel an instinctive revulsion similar to that felt by Alleyn in this novel. However, Ngaio Marsh writes with great sharpness and wit and does not take herself too seriously.Read more ›
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Love Ngaio Marsh books and Inspector Alleyn are classicsPublished 6 months ago by STEPHANIE HARTLEY
It has been great renewing my acquaintance with Ngaio Marsh's books.Published 9 months ago by nuttynana
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