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A Man Lay Dead [Unknown Binding]

Ngaio Marsh
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  • ASIN: B0014ME3DS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, if rather old-fashioned, whodunit 19 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was Marsh's first detective story, written as a pleasant diversion in 1932. As such, it's really quite impressive, although not up to the standard of her later books. The plot is very conventional - a Murder Game producing a genuine corpse - but the solution is clever and original, and the murderer comes across as pitiable, rather than evil. The only thing that spoiled the book for me was the introduction of a silly sub-plot involving members of a Russian brotherhood: this sort of thing belongs to the spy thriller,not the classical detective story. Marsh's detective, the urbane, public-school educated Inspector Alleyn, is a pleasant change from the "ordinary" plodding policeman preferred by many writers of the time. Less successful, however, is her creation of a "Watson" figure in the shape of journalist Nigel Bathgate, a completely stereotypical young Englishman. Thankfully, he is absent from most of her later novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead: Ngiao Marsh - Enter Alleyn 21 Jun 2013
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A man lay dead (first published in 1934) was Ngiao Marsh's first novel to feature Inspector Roderick Alleyn. At a country house party the guests play a game of murderers, which seems a lot of fun until one of them really is murdered. Alleyn is called in to investigate, and he soon finds that everyone has shaky alibis and motive, and what physical evidence there is suggests a very remarkable method indeed. It's a decent enough mystery as Alleyn peels back the layers to get to the truth, though I felt that the ending was a little weak, with Alleyn seeming to base his accusation on very little evidence and the murderer just admitting it when s/he could have kept quiet and probably have got away with it. It is certainly not the best in the series, but for all that is a decent read. 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead: Ngiao Marsh - Enter Alleyn 21 Jun 2013
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A man lay dead (first published in 1934) was Ngiao Marsh's first novel to feature Inspector Roderick Alleyn. At a country house party the guests play a game of murderers, which seems a lot of fun until one of them really is murdered. Alleyn is called in to investigate, and he soon finds that everyone has shaky alibis and motive, and what physical evidence there is suggests a very remarkable method indeed. It's a decent enough mystery as Alleyn peels back the layers to get to the truth, though I felt that the ending was a little weak, with Alleyn seeming to base his accusation on very little evidence and the murderer just admitting it when s/he could have kept quiet and probably have got away with it. It is certainly not the best in the series, but for all that is a decent read. 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead: Ngiao Marsh - Enter Alleyn 21 Jun 2013
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A man lay dead (first published in 1934) was Ngiao Marsh's first novel to feature Inspector Roderick Alleyn. At a country house party the guests play a game of murderers, which seems a lot of fun until one of them really is murdered. Alleyn is called in to investigate, and he soon finds that everyone has shaky alibis and motive, and what physical evidence there is suggests a very remarkable method indeed. It's a decent enough mystery as Alleyn peels back the layers to get to the truth, though I felt that the ending was a little weak, with Alleyn seeming to base his accusation on very little evidence and the murderer just admitting it when s/he could have kept quiet and probably have got away with it. It is certainly not the best in the series, but for all that is a decent read. 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead: Ngiao Marsh - Enter Alleyn 21 Jun 2013
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A man lay dead (first published in 1934) was Ngiao Marsh's first novel to feature Inspector Roderick Alleyn. At a country house party the guests play a game of murderers, which seems a lot of fun until one of them really is murdered. Alleyn is called in to investigate, and he soon finds that everyone has shaky alibis and motive, and what physical evidence there is suggests a very remarkable method indeed. It's a decent enough mystery as Alleyn peels back the layers to get to the truth, though I felt that the ending was a little weak, with Alleyn seeming to base his accusation on very little evidence and the murderer just admitting it when s/he could have kept quiet and probably have got away with it. It is certainly not the best in the series, but for all that is a decent read. 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead: Ngiao Marsh - Enter Alleyn 21 Jun 2013
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A man lay dead (first published in 1934) was Ngiao Marsh's first novel to feature Inspector Roderick Alleyn. At a country house party the guests play a game of murderers, which seems a lot of fun until one of them really is murdered. Alleyn is called in to investigate, and he soon finds that everyone has shaky alibis and motive, and what physical evidence there is suggests a very remarkable method indeed. It's a decent enough mystery as Alleyn peels back the layers to get to the truth, though I felt that the ending was a little weak, with Alleyn seeming to base his accusation on very little evidence and the murderer just admitting it when s/he could have kept quiet and probably have got away with it. It is certainly not the best in the series, but for all that is a decent read. 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead: Ngiao Marsh - Enter Alleyn 21 Jun 2013
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
A man lay dead (first published in 1934) was Ngiao Marsh's first novel to feature Inspector Roderick Alleyn. At a country house party the guests play a game of murderers, which seems a lot of fun until one of them really is murdered. Alleyn is called in to investigate, and he soon finds that everyone has shaky alibis and motive, and what physical evidence there is suggests a very remarkable method indeed. It's a decent enough mystery as Alleyn peels back the layers to get to the truth, though I felt that the ending was a little weak, with Alleyn seeming to base his accusation on very little evidence and the murderer just admitting it when s/he could have kept quiet and probably have got away with it. It is certainly not the best in the series, but for all that is a decent read. 3 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead
One of a series of detective crime novels. Inspector Alleyn is one of my fictional detective heroes, a hard working character. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. R. Jameson
3.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead: Ngiao Marsh - Enter Alleyn
A man lay dead (first published in 1934) was Ngiao Marsh's first novel to feature Inspector Roderick Alleyn. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Victor
3.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead: Ngiao Marsh - Enter Alleyn
A man lay dead (first published in 1934) was Ngiao Marsh's first novel to feature Inspector Roderick Alleyn. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Victor
3.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead: Ngiao Marsh - Enter Alleyn
A man lay dead (first published in 1934) was Ngiao Marsh's first novel to feature Inspector Roderick Alleyn. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Victor
3.0 out of 5 stars A man lay dead and A surfeit of Lampreys: Ngiao Marsh, BBC full cast...
A man lay dead (first published in 1934) was Ngiao Marsh's first novel to feature Inspector Roderick Alleyn. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Victor
4.0 out of 5 stars The man lay dead
You would think that people in murder mysteries wouldn't go on weekend trips to remote mansions... and definitely wouldn't play murder games. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder Game
An utterly charming introduction to DI Alleyn, Ngaio Marsh's eccentric sleuth. This is a timeless classic. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2008 by Jane Baker
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