Final Curtain: Complete & Unabridged (Roderick Alleyn Mysteries) Audio Cassette – Abridged, 31 Aug 1997
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‘…purty ngai perfect.’
Saturday Review of Literature
‘She uses the old formula brilliantly.’
‘A better novel than a detective story.’
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‘The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.’
From the Back Cover
THE ALLEYN MYSTERIES
'One moment, Sir Cedric,' Alleyn began. 'Why did you and Miss Sonia Orrincourt plan a series of practical jokes on your grandfather?'
It was not pleasant to watch the blood sink form Cedric's face. The process left his eyelids and the pouches under his eyes mauvish. His colourless lips pouted and then widened into an unlovely smile. 'Well really!' he tittered. 'That just shows you, doesn't it? So darling Sonia has confided in you.' After a moment's hesitation, he added: 'As far as I'm concerned, dear Mr Alley, that's the end of darling Sonia…'
"Her work is nearly flawless as makes no odds, character, plot, wit, good writing and sound technique."
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Ms Marsh's novels interest me because she shows how serious crimes are rarely the result of impulse but have been brewing for years. They are the outcome of many small life-events, perceived slights and insults, however mistaken, that twist the perpetrator's view of themselves and their victim. What the killers have in common is their focus on self, in which the decision that the victim has no right to live comes to seem logical and justified. Ms Marsh comes back to 'Macbeth' at the end of her writing career' in 'Light Thickens', another compelling read that shows her deep-rooted pity for warped humanity and at the same time her faith in the regenerative powers of kindness and courage.
I would recommend 'Final Curtain' to anyone who likes a bizarre puzzle and a wide range of characters living in a damaged wartime society, where old values and patterns of power are challenged and money is still the root of all evil. The book is sometimes comic, sometimes pathetic, always true to its purpose, which is to show the terrible consequences of 'vaulting ambition.' The Scottish Play is here only a part of the theatrical history and fantasy of an actor whose 'life is fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf.'
Troy endeavours to stay out of the arguments as she wants to get the portrait finished as soon as possible and get home in time to welcome her husband who has been away for over three years working for Special Branch. Sir Henry is found dead just before Troy leaves and she finds herself unwillingly mixed up in a murder enquiry that her husband is investigating.
This is a detective story in the classic mould and it will appeal to readers who enjoy Dorothy L Sayers, Gladys Mitchell, Patricia Wentworth and Agatha Christie. I found it an intriguing story with some interesting characters and it kept me guessing until almost the end. I liked the writing style and found that the scenes and characters came to life as I was reading. Very enjoyable and I shall be reading other books by this author.
Troy finds herself plunged in the middle of a family gathering of eccentric theatricals, outraged by Sir Henry's impending engagement to the awful but beautiful chorus girl, Sonia Orrincourt. Unpleasant tricks ensue and Troy alerts Alleyn, who investigates the peer's sudden death.
This classic, country house detective story is written with Marsh's usual wit, ingenuity and brilliant characterisation. The murderer is difficult to guess and, as ever, Marsh keeps us guessing with plot twists, red herrings and sharp wit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a fan of this author and find the stories' backgrounds interesting, too. Out of date, of course, but I remember those times.Published on 15 April 2014 by amanda cat
Anyone who loves N Marsh will have to have this in their collection. A very good read. I keep them and read over again.Published on 15 Aug. 2013 by Mr. Ronald S. Unsworth
NGAIO MARSH IS AN EXCELLENT WRITER FINAL CURTAIN IS ONE IN AN EXCELLENT COLLECTION BY HER WELL WORTH READING IT.Published on 7 April 2013 by poppet