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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1262 KB
  • Print Length: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (18 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0VYEB2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,774 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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Exellent series. Very good value for Mandy. I love the Inspector Allyen mysteries.I read them years ago and bought these because I watched the TV series. Very enjoyable.
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I love all of Ngaio Marsh's books. Have been reading them for years and its great to have them on the kindle
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I read Ngaio Marsh when I was at school - round about 65 years ago. She is well worth re-readingnd
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The first Ngaio Marsh novel featuring Inspector Alleyn was a country house murder. The following five books, including the three in the present ómnibus edition are in the same tradition - a closed community with a limited number of suspects, i.e. a theatre, a hospital operating theatre, a church, a theatre again and an artist's studio. The formula is identical in almost every book. The stories are well plotted and written, the language very much of its time and the books were presumably aimed at the same audience as AC, MA and DLS. The second story here is the worst of the six, set in New Zealand, "Vintage Murder" is the only one not to feature Alleyn's usual sidekicks, Inspector Fox and Bathgate, the hack from Grub Street. The story doesn't take off and there is too much repetition of question and answer of the witnesses. The NZ background is interesting but the use of such colonial expressions such as corking, good-oh, crook etc. becomes tiresome - I'm not sure if NM is gently mocking them or not. Interestingly, the book includes the mind boggles and rubbernecking. In the third book of this collection, Alleyn meets Miss Agatha Troy,RA, Academy, not Artillery. If I like these books, why only 3 stars? The answer is Roderick Alleyn, MA(Oxon), Gentleman Policeman. Many years ago I read a later NM and enjoyed it but I find the early Alleyn difficult to like, he is simply too fastidious to be a policeman and should have stuck with the Foreign Office. His scenes with Miss Agatha Troy are ludicrous. In the first chapter of Artists in Crime we meet an American actress, or rather a grotesque parody of one, described as the success of the ship. One of the female artists is repeatedly described as a nymphomaniac. I wonder if the meaning of the word has changed over 80 years. I shall persevere with Alleyn and hope his charácter improves with age.
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By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2014
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'Death in Ecstasy' is the fourth Roderick Alleyn novel and one can see that the leading characters are now pretty well-formed in Ngaio Marsh's imagination.
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.
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Have always enjoyed Ngaio Marsh's books - these were an excellent purchase.
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