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Nice and nasty, aren't we all?,
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This review is from: False Scent (The Ngaio Marsh Collection) (Kindle Edition)
Ngaio Marsh doesn't create saints and sinners but believable people caught at a crisis point. She doesn't create stereotypes, either, as a few readers seem to think. If there are only a few tunes, there are many variations, and the same goes for characters. The inter-relations of a dozen very different personalities are vividly created here, as are the house and the shop next door. For a psychologically convincing story that powerfully evokes London's theatre world on the brink of the Sixties, this can't be beaten. The people invited to a birthday party follow their inclinations - and their choices, innocent as most are, lead to a violent death. 'Out with the old, in with the new', seems to be one of the themes of this novel: you can all it cynical, or just realistic.