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Overture to Death (1939) by Ngaio Marsh

Today’s review is a re-read, as will be my next one. By and large most of what I review/read is new reads so it is nice to do some revisiting as well, (she says trying to justify having to get … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night Bloggers: A is for April… and Anything Goes: What makes a good Aristocratic Sleuth?

Ever keen to try something new, the Tuesday Night Bloggers have gone for a different type of theme this month: the letter A. Be it a book title, author, country or a more abstract theme; it all goes, as long … Continue reading

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Dead Water (1964) by Ngaio Marsh

As part of my decision this year to make sure I read books which have been in my TBR pile for a while I decided to review Ngaio Marsh’s Dead Water (1964), which has been languishing in my TBR pile … Continue reading

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Ngaio Marsh on Inspector Alleyn

‘…that nice chap, Alleyn’ (Contemporary review comment) A well-established cliché or adage in writing is that the texts reveal something about the author themselves. However, I think it is also true that essays or even interviews where the writer has … Continue reading

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A Surprising Ngaio Marsh Novel: Black As He’s Painted (1974)

Black As He’s Painted (1974) (another find from my Paris trip) is an ambiguous text in several respects. On the one hand it clings to features of British Golden Age detective fiction such as including a map and cast of … Continue reading

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Photo Finish (1980) by Ngaio Marsh

Photo Finish (1980) is definitely an apt title for this novel, with its’ paparazzi subplot and last minute revelation of the solution. Although nothing on racing, which is another obvious connotation of the title. This story is mostly set in … Continue reading

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