- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB (8 March 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008207119
- ISBN-13: 978-0008207113
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
- Customer Reviews: 51 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Stella Duffy performs a remarkable act of ventriloquism with New Zealand's Queen of Crime. I defy readers to see the join' VAL McDERMID
‘A proper Golden Age set up of suspects and plot, a wonderful sense of place and period, and a real frisson of being with Alleyn himself! I can’t imagine anyone doing it better – Stella Duffy is the natural successor to Dame Ngaio’ KATE MOSSE
‘Ngaio Marsh fans rejoice! After 35 years Alleyn is back in a new mystery – and both are as good as ever’ JOHN CURRAN
‘Marsh and Duffy have created A Midsummer Night’s Dream with corpses, clues and Kiwi accents. Ingenious indeed’ ANDREW TAYLOR, THE SPECTATOR
‘Fans all over the world will, I’m sure, hope that there are more stories to come.’ SOPHIE HANNAH, THE GUARDIAN
‘I absolutely love Ngaio Marsh! She's probably my favourite golden age doyenne’ A.J. FINN, author of The Woman in the Window
‘A more appropriate ‘completist’ author could hardly have been wished for’ MIKE RIPLEY, SHOTS Magazine
‘One of the most successful resurrections of another author’s character I’ve come across.’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘Clever stuff. Ngaio Marsh would give it nine out of ten’ DAILY MAIL
‘Duffy captures Marsh’s style, dialogue and mood brilliantly’ THE TIMES
‘A complicated tale, so well completed by Stella Duffy that I was quite unable to see the join’ LITERARY REVIEW
“A taut atmospheric whodunit … Duffy’s facility at injecting wit into fair-play detecting will make Marsh fans hope she’ll continue the series.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Though tart noir specialist Duffy might seem an unlikely choice to flesh out the skeleton Marsh left behind, fans will be hard-pressed to find the joint between the two writers.” KIRKUS REVIEW
“An extraordinary literary tag-team completed 75 years after it began.” THE LISTENER (NZ)
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Cela tient peut-être au fait que l’une de ses deux auteures est morte depuis 40 ans.
But the fact remains that the current craze for revisiting other authors' characters is a serious blight. The attempts at Poirot and Wimsey are by far the worst and there are occasional successes (Faulks's Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, Horowitz' House of Silk). But what happened to original work?
Alleyn has a gentle, calm and understated style of detecting. Having been sent to Mount Seager Hospital on secret wartime business, he does not expect to be drawn into dealing with a payroll theft and death over the course of one long night in the seemingly quiet backwater. So many of the characters have something to hide, fears and secrets. There were surprises that had my jaw dropping and just when I thought I had it worked out Stella Duffy had me fooled again. I loved it. This book has given me hope that there will be more Inspector Alleyn Mysteries to come. Ms Duffy has written a book that the esteemed Dame would be proud of!
First the set up. There are a couple of books set in war time New Zealand and this one presumably was expected to sit within the series. I had a re Kew copy so don't know if there was much explanation of what was Marsh and what Duffy, but I'm presuming the setting and premise were Marsh.
Like the others, Colour Scheme and Died In The Wool, she vividly describes the country, for these are not set in Christchurch or Wellington but in rural stations and settlements. The natural environment therefore is also a character in the books, with storms and difficult terrain part of the claustrophobic setting. The harsh beauty of NZ is clearly realised, and the sense of a country evolving from a colonial feudalism towards a clear independent identity is one of her repeated themes. Hierarchy of class and levels of Britishness, links to 'home' and loyalty to Britain whilst simultaneously resenting its superiority and kindly condescension are all part of underlying emotion and tension. The travails of a country at war, the pressures of people forced together and petty territorial disputes ratchet up tension until the inevitable murder.
Then, hmm. The plot moves along - there are holes but it does deliver with twists. I'm just not convinced about Alleyn. Yes he's there on intelligence work. Yes he does do that tiresome disguise thing in other books but he isn't normally quite so loquacious and one noted. He is well read, and upper class, but normally speaks appropriately and politely, doesn't keep quoting to someone who doesn't get the allusions, isn't so samey in his interactions. It is a weakness of some of Marsh's books that interminable interviews dominate over action but I dunno. He just wasn't Alleyn to me, and the shame of it is this would probably be a very enjoyable book for anyone who didn't know Marsh's work or if Stella Duffy had written him as an original character. There is much to commend, the community is well realised, the irritating characters properly irritating, the twists good. So an interesting experiment that didn't quite work for me but I'm glad she tried.