- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 868 KB
- Print Length: 259 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (24 December 2009)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0031WHBYW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 23 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #231,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hand in Glove (The Ngaio Marsh Collection) Kindle Edition
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"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers"
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
The April Fool's day had been a roaring success for all at Little Codling, it seemed – except for poor Mr Cartell who had ended up in the ditch – for ever.
Shortly before the violent death, a somewhat bizarre company had gathered for lunch at the house of Mr. Percival Pyke Period, whose letter of condolence had been sent before the body was found. A puzzling crime for Superintendent Alleyn – not to mention the family squabbles…
"Light, entertaining and disastrously readable."
"Neat, dextrous… Miss Marsh's freshest and most enjoyable performance for years."
"The finest writer in the English language of pure classical whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress"
Don't miss the other Inspector Alleyne novels available in this series, including: 'Overture to Death ', 'Spinsters in Jeopardy ', ' A Man Lay Dead', 'Tied up in Tinsel' and 'Death on the Air'.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘[Light,] entertaining and disastrously readable.’
‘Neat, dexterous… Miss Marsh’s freshest and most enjoyable performance for years.’
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When Henry Cartell ends up dead in a ditch after a party at his ex-wife, Lady Desiree Bantling's house, suspicions fall on just about everyone in the neighbourhood. Roderick Alleyn is sent to investigate and finds a friend, Nicola, doing Mr Pyke Period's typing for him.
I enjoyed this well plotted mystery with its collection of eccentric and unpleasant characters though there are some pleasant characters too. It was nice to see an appearance by Agatha Troy - Roderick Alleyn's artist wife. I thought the complex family relationships were well done and there were plenty of red herrings and genuine clues to keep even the keenest reader guessing. If you enjoy classic crime stories then you can't beat Ngaio Marsh.
roughly good read
I found this novel less satisfying than the author's earlier work but still a very good read and preferable to the BBC adaptation, which added a secondary plot-twist that was both unnecessary and dramatically improbable. Why won't script-writers trust and respect their borrowed material? PS: The BBC dramatization is still worth watching, for the usual suspects, (Malahide, Simons and Lang), and a wonderful cameo from John Gielgud.
The household is not peaceful, and the connections between various relatives and hangers-on are a bit confusing. In the midst of this chaos, Mr. Period brings in a pretty young typist to help him with the book he’s writing on etiquette. A young man with artistic ambitions is part of the mixed company, and a flirtation ensues. Which I enjoyed.
Contrasting with the well-bred typist and the artistic young gentleman are two young people with atrocious manners and slippery morals. These two are busy trying on various cons, when Harold Cartell is murdered. Chief Inspector Alleyn is quickly on the scene, valiantly attempting to persuade everyone to stop lying. Meanwhile the two dogs in the plot are getting amorous and biting people.
Happily there is a list of characters in the front of the book, but I still found it hard to keep in mind their connections with one another. There are good character sketches and well written passages, but I don’t think this is one of Ngaio Marsh’s best mysteries.
Still, I’m reading every book in this series so as to keep up with Alleyn’s career.