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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (18 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006512569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006512561
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Marsh moves into top gear.’
Susan Howatch

‘The queen of the straight crime novel – long may she reign!’
Sunday Times

‘I rate Ngaio Marsh’s novels among the best in this genre, having read and re-read them many times over the years.’
Joan Hickson

‘The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.’
The Sun

About the Author

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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With drugs, mistresses and promiscuity this novel could be set in any era. It was, in fact, first published in 1938 and was probably regarded as a racy little number at that time. I feel it has stood the test of time. There is a small amount of romantic interest for 'our' hero, (which continues in later novels) All characters are well introduced and there are an abundance of suspects some you will hope have not commited the murder and some you think certainly did.
In addition to the murder for which Alleyn is called in to investigate, there is a particularly horrific second murder which is graphically described.
It is possible to solve the mystery, all the clues are there. I didn't, but I am a bit lazy and sometimes don't even try, just enjoy the book.
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I am biased because I have read (and own) all her stories and am very fond of the "well-bred" detective novels written about pre-and post-WWII times. I am not fond of violence and Marsh's story conveys a very unpleasant act without the horrific descriptions that seem the norm in current new novels of the genre. One for older folk as youngsters would probably find it too mannered and not exciting enough! This one was televised and worth a look.
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Roderick Alleyn is on his way home from New Zealand when he meets artist, Agatha Troy, on board ship. He likes her but feels she is a little abrasive. When he returns to the UK to stay with his widowed mother for a short time he is asked to investigate a murder at Troy's house a few miles away.

Sonia - an artist's model - has been murdered in very ingenious way. All the artists studying with her are suspects - including Troy herself. Alleyn finds this very difficult to deal with as he is increasingly attracted to the prickly Troy and doesn't want to find out she has committed murder.

This is a very well plotted mystery which will keep readers guessing for quite a while. I failed completely to work out what had happened and who was responsible. When you look back then it is easy to see that the clues were there. I thought the artists' colony atmosphere was well drawn as were the artists themselves with their various temperaments.

This may be a crime novel without much graphic violence but the worst aspects of human nature are not glossed over. `Artists in Crime' is an enjoyable well written mystery with some likeable police characters and an interesting insight into Alleyn's relationship with his mother.
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Lovely to meet Alleyn, Fox,Bailey and Thompson again. Allen has been in New Zealand, recovering from a gun shot injury. On the journey he meets and is painted by Miss Agatha Troy, rising artist. The model hired for the season, dies in front of the whole class. A great read, from one of the best mystery writers.
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'Artists in Crime' is the sixth Roderick Alleyn novel, first published in 1938. The plot, which concerns the murder of an artists' model, is interesting and, even better, Aleyn's love interest and future wife, the artist Agatha Troy, is introduced.
In the first few novels, the character of Alleyn was not fully formed in her mind and he sometimes came across and fatuous and flippant. By this time, however, Alleyn, his assistant 'Brer' Fox, his journalist friend Nigel Bathgate were developed and clearly established characters and they are joined by Troy, also a permanent resident of the stories.
Troy and Alleyn have returned from New Zealand on the same ship and Troy is now running a school for artists. Their artists' model is Sonya, an abrasive person who knows how to create a scene - in the emotional sense. She also turns out to be a blackmailer and she is, it emerges, pregnant.
It is no aurprise that someone wants to kill her but she is murdered in a particularly unpleasant way. A trap has been set and the person who actually kills her could be the helpless dupe of the person who set the trap (a plot device sometimes used by Marsh elsewhere). Roderick Alleyn must investigate the murder, although his doing so puts a great strain on his budding relationship with Troy; she is affronted, in a very upper-class way, by the intrusion into the private lives of her friends and by feeling that she is required to betray their confidence.
Ngaio Marsh was one of the 'big four' women mystery writers of the nineteen-thirties and forties, with Agatha Christie, Marjorie Allingham and Dorothy L Sayers. She always produces very well-constructed plots. It has often been pointed out that she is not as ingenious as Agatha Christie, but in my opinion, she is a much better writer.
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Excellent series, wonderful resource for a collector.

But why does Amazon not label this the second (2) in the Ngaio Marsh collection? All the others (10 of them) are numbered, but this one isn't. Can't understand it.

I have tried (twice) to get them to change the listed name -- it is so much harder to find all of them if this one isn't labelled like all the others -- but my modifications aren't accepted.

Ho Hum. Make sure you buy it along with all the others.
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Three more tales plus a bonus tale at the back of the book. Highly recommend this tale of Inspector Rodrick Alleyn of Scotland Yard a gentleman police officer and his partner Fox who wins the hearts of the downstairs staff and gets more information to help the case.
Three great who dunnit tales would recommend to anyone who enjoys Agatha Christie styled tales to read
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