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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surfeit of Lampreys
I can't improve on the previous review - however I thought some Ngaio Marsh addicts should know that this book was previously released under the title A Surfeit of Lampreys; this might prevent duplicate purchases.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Dire.
This must be one of, if not the worst, Ngaio Marsh book that I have read; and I have now read all but one of them.

I found it tedious in the extreme and most of the characters so obnoxious that I was wishing the murderer would return and bump the lot of them off.

It would be a shame for anybody unfamiliar with this author to read this first and be...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surfeit of Lampreys, 3 Aug. 2004
I can't improve on the previous review - however I thought some Ngaio Marsh addicts should know that this book was previously released under the title A Surfeit of Lampreys; this might prevent duplicate purchases.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Marsh's best book, 4 Jan. 2011
This is arguably Ngaio Marsh's most renowned and praised book because of the well-drawn collection of genteel, humourous but irresponsible characters that make up the Lamprey family, grown-ups and children, which takes centre-stage in this story.

The story is told principally through the eyes of New Zealander Roberta Grey who is recontacting the Lamprey family whom she first met in NZ and who have invited her to stay with them at their Central London flat.

The Lampreys have no money and Uncle Gabriel, otherwise The Marquis of Wutherford, visits London to bail them out, or so they hope. Uncle Gabriel, soon after refusing their request for help, is found dead in the lift to their flat with a kitchen skewer driven through his eye. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn is called in to investigate which member of the Lamprey family killed him.

The customary murder occurs relatively late in this book and gives Marsh an opportunity to develop both characters and the London setting in some detail. The result is a very well written story, worth including in any crime fiction collection.

Definitely a buy recommendation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surfeit of Lampreys: Ngiao Marsh - Excellent mystery, by turns humorous and gothically horrible., 26 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Surfeit of Lampreys (Hardcover)
A surfeit of Lampreys (first published in 1941) was the tenth book in Ngiao Marsh's series of Roderick Alleyn mysteries. In this one a very rich peer is visiting some impoverished relatives when he is suddenly and rather brutally done to death. This seems to be much to the advantage of the people he was visiting, and they become the obvious suspects. The Lamprey family do what they can to throw dust in the detective's eyes, trying to dig themselves out of a hole but just digging in deeper. The tale winds through some very dark places and is reminiscent at times of a good old fashioned gothic horror, before the culprits and their motives are revealed in a great conclusion. This is one of the better entries in the series, only marred by the titular family, many of whom are downright annoying and hard to feel sympathy for.

So four stars for the book, mainly for the Gothic elements and the mystery. The annoyingness of the Lamprey family cost it a start as it slightly mars my enjoyment of the book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a near-perfect Marsh, 5 Mar. 2002
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This review is from: A Surfeit of Lampreys (Paperback)
The Surfeit of Lampreys is a nearly "perfect" R. Alleyn mystery in that it is funny, engaging and has that flair of light humour and deep sentiment that is vintage Marsh. There is a dash of New Zealand, lots of aristocratic strutting and genuine fun in the slightly overdrawn portrait of poor gentility with no sense of responsibility. Still, those who live on glimpses of the detective's personal life will be dissappointed; no Troy in this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surfeit of Lampreys: Ngiao Marsh - Excellent mystery, by turns humorous and gothically horrible., 26 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Surfeit of Lampreys, (Paperback)
A surfeit of Lampreys (first published in 1941) was the tenth book in Ngiao Marsh's series of Roderick Alleyn mysteries. In this one a very rich peer is visiting some impoverished relatives when he is suddenly and rather brutally done to death. This seems to be much to the advantage of the people he was visiting, and they become the obvious suspects. The Lamprey family do what they can to throw dust in the detective's eyes, trying to dig themselves out of a hole but just digging in deeper. The tale winds through some very dark places and is reminiscent at times of a good old fashioned gothic horror, before the culprits and their motives are revealed in a great conclusion. This is one of the better entries in the series, only marred by the titular family, many of whom are downright annoying and hard to feel sympathy for.

So four stars for the book, mainly for the Gothic elements and the mystery. The annoyingness of the Lamprey family cost it a start as it slightly mars my enjoyment of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surfeit of Lampreys: Ngiao Marsh - Excellent mystery, by turns humorous and gothically horrible., 26 Jun. 2013
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Surfeit of Lampreys
A surfeit of Lampreys (first published in 1941) was the tenth book in Ngiao Marsh's series of Roderick Alleyn mysteries. In this one a very rich peer is visiting some impoverished relatives when he is suddenly and rather brutally done to death. This seems to be much to the advantage of the people he was visiting, and they become the obvious suspects. The Lamprey family do what they can to throw dust in the detective's eyes, trying to dig themselves out of a hole but just digging in deeper. The tale winds through some very dark places and is reminiscent at times of a good old fashioned gothic horror, before the culprits and their motives are revealed in a great conclusion. This is one of the better entries in the series, only marred by the titular family, many of whom are downright annoying and hard to feel sympathy for.

So four stars for the book, mainly for the Gothic elements and the mystery. The annoyingness of the Lamprey family cost it a start as it slightly mars my enjoyment of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surfeit of Lampreys: Ngiao Marsh - Excellent mystery, by turns humorous and gothically horrible., 26 Jun. 2013
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Surfeit of Lampreys (Hardcover)
A surfeit of Lampreys (first published in 1941) was the tenth book in Ngiao Marsh's series of Roderick Alleyn mysteries. In this one a very rich peer is visiting some impoverished relatives when he is suddenly and rather brutally done to death. This seems to be much to the advantage of the people he was visiting, and they become the obvious suspects. The Lamprey family do what they can to throw dust in the detective's eyes, trying to dig themselves out of a hole but just digging in deeper. The tale winds through some very dark places and is reminiscent at times of a good old fashioned gothic horror, before the culprits and their motives are revealed in a great conclusion. This is one of the better entries in the series, only marred by the titular family, many of whom are downright annoying and hard to feel sympathy for.

So four stars for the book, mainly for the Gothic elements and the mystery. The annoyingness of the Lamprey family cost it a start as it slightly mars my enjoyment of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surfeit of Lampreys: Ngiao Marsh - Excellent mystery, by turns humorous and gothically horrible., 26 Jun. 2013
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A surfeit of Lampreys (first published in 1941) was the tenth book in Ngiao Marsh's series of Roderick Alleyn mysteries. In this one a very rich peer is visiting some impoverished relatives when he is suddenly and rather brutally done to death. This seems to be much to the advantage of the people he was visiting, and they become the obvious suspects. The Lamprey family do what they can to throw dust in the detective's eyes, trying to dig themselves out of a hole but just digging in deeper. The tale winds through some very dark places and is reminiscent at times of a good old fashioned gothic horror, before the culprits and their motives are revealed in a great conclusion. This is one of the better entries in the series, only marred by the titular family, many of whom are downright annoying and hard to feel sympathy for.

So four stars for the book, mainly for the Gothic elements and the mystery. The annoyingness of the Lamprey family cost it a start as it slightly mars my enjoyment of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surfeit of Lampreys: Ngiao Marsh - Excellent mystery, by turns humorous and gothically horrible., 26 Jun. 2013
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Surfeit of Lampreys (Paperback)
A surfeit of Lampreys (first published in 1941) was the tenth book in Ngiao Marsh's series of Roderick Alleyn mysteries. In this one a very rich peer is visiting some impoverished relatives when he is suddenly and rather brutally done to death. This seems to be much to the advantage of the people he was visiting, and they become the obvious suspects. The Lamprey family do what they can to throw dust in the detective's eyes, trying to dig themselves out of a hole but just digging in deeper. The tale winds through some very dark places and is reminiscent at times of a good old fashioned gothic horror, before the culprits and their motives are revealed in a great conclusion. This is one of the better entries in the series, only marred by the titular family, many of whom are downright annoying and hard to feel sympathy for.

So four stars for the book, mainly for the Gothic elements and the mystery. The annoyingness of the Lamprey family cost it a start as it slightly mars my enjoyment of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder most foul, 27 Jun. 2012
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The Lampreys are a charming if eccentric family. They have recently returned to London from a spell in New Zealand and a friend from their time abroad - Roberta Grey - has come to spend a holiday with them. Lord Charles is - as usual - strapped for cash and he plans on asking his brother for a hand out. When brother Gabriel is murdered in a particularly unpleasant way in the lift as he leaves Lord Charles' apartment the whole family is under suspicion.

This is an intriguing plot where the reader really needs to be able to work out who is telling the truth is lying in order to work out who is responsible for the murder. I totally failed to work it out though of course the clues are there. The characters are well drawn and interesting though I felt the motivation for the murder - when it was finally revealed - did not quite ring true. It didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.
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