Customer Reviews

30
4.2 out of 5 stars
A Surfeit of Lampreys
Format: PaperbackChange
Price:£10.99+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 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!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2002
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!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.

This review is for the abridged audio book reading on three CD's by the inestimable Anton Lesser. His reading is excellent, and the story flies along nicely. There are cuts and abridgements, but these do not spoil the 'flow' of the story.

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.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Death And The Dancing Footman
Death And The Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh (Audio CD - 2 Dec. 2010)
£14.99

The Nursing Home Murder
The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh (Paperback - 18 Mar. 2011)
£9.99

Opening Night
Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh (Audio CD - 6 Aug. 2009)
£14.99
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.