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  1. says:

    As I have already read The Nursing Home Murder previously I had an inkling of what to expect from Ngaio Marsh s Gentleman at Scotland Yard Detective.I really enjoyed these stories, and especially the author s explanation of how Roderick Alleyn came about A Man Lay Dead is a classic country house murder with an over blessing of suspects when an all too overdue victim meets his fate in slightly dramatic conditions Here we meet DI Inspector Alleyn and where he meets his new civilian friend and As I have already read The Nursing Home Murder previously I had an inkling of what to expect from Ngaio Marsh s Gentleman at Scotland Yard Detective.I really enjoyed these stories, and especially the author s explanation of how Roderick Alleyn came about A Man Lay Dead is a classic country house murder with an over blessing of suspects when an all too overdue victim meets his fate in slightly dramatic conditions Here we meet DI Inspector Alleyn and where he meets his new civilian friend and foil, Nigel Bathgate.Enter a Murderer Nigel invites Alleyn to a top West End play as he has free tickets for the performance In the last act, the death enacted is actually real, witnessed by Alleyn and Nigel Acting swiftly, Alleyn takes control of the situation The twists and turns of the artistic world in which the murder takes place adds real depth to this investigation what is real and what is artifice in this investigation


  2. says:

    Easy reading Love reading Dame Ngaio Marsh And equally enjoy rereading her writing She befuddled in a good way , amuses and gives dramatic resolution in equal measures.


  3. says:

    Very early Marsh I ve read them all before, so this was a comfort read.


  4. says:

    Stars 2.5 5Recommendation Read it if you want to step away from Christie or Holmes My recommendation is watch the TV Series instead.I came across this detective when I was browsing thru Netflix for some good mysteries and chanced upon a series called Inspector Alleyn Mysteries produced by British Television The character charmed me enough to look up the source this series was based off It was based off of Roderick Alleyn Novels by Dame Ngaio Marsh, a contemporary of Agatha Christie and Stars 2.5 5Recommendation Read it if you want to step away from Christie or Holmes My recommendation is watch the TV Series instead.I came across this detective when I was browsing thru Netflix for some good mysteries and chanced upon a series called Inspector Alleyn Mysteries produced by British Television The character charmed me enough to look up the source this series was based off It was based off of Roderick Alleyn Novels by Dame Ngaio Marsh, a contemporary of Agatha Christie and the likes Looking up onfor the books of this series I found one that had three novels together Promptly ordered it to enjoy the read However the charm faded when I actually read the books I guess Patrick Malahide who played the role of Inspector Alleyn in the TV series except for the pilot episode lived the role better than the one in the book Anyway, here is my take on the book with the three novels The three novels in the book are the first three in the series of 32 novels by Ngaio Marsh A Man Lay Dead originally published in 1934 , Enter A Murderer originally published in 1935 and The Nursing Home Murder originally published in 1935 The book also has a foreward by the author that explains how she came upon the idea of the character, how she named him, shaped him and then planted him in various murder plots that he effortlessly solves He may not be as dashing as Sherlock Holmes or as witty as Poirot yet he was shaped to have his own distinction and mannerisms The author mentions how a rainy day boredom sparked a thought of writing a murder mystery based off of the Murder Game that was famous then in England It is quite interesting to read an author s mind and understand how a book is born Well, then that is how Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn was born And I must say the foreward had actually wanted me to read the book in its entirety without putting it down But like I mentioned above, the charm quickly faded The first novel, A Man Lay Dead , as mentioned above is about a Murder Game gone wrong ending up in actually killing someone In the beginning I felt a little confused in remembering the characters, where they were positioned and what role they were playing However, it was very clear once Inspector replays the game with the remaining characters to get himself acquainted of the situation Phew That was a major help indeed We also get to meet Nigel Bathgate and Angela North, both of whom you will get to see in future novels as well Nigel, a jorunalist, infact assists the Inspector in solving the crime in this story sort forming Dr Watson to Ngaio s Sherlock He also solves in capturing a Russian brotherhood in the process Impressive The second novel, Enter A Murderer , is a theaterical one Incidentally Inspector Alleyn is in the galley watching the performance of The Rat and The Beaver when the murder occurs on stage And ofcourse, Nigel Bathgate assists the Inspector again in solving the crime The third novel, The Nursing Home Murder , The British Home Secretary, Sir Derek O Callaghan MP dies an hour after he was operated for appendicitis Initial suspicion points to his family physician, Sir John Phillips, since the last conversation they both had had been left with Phillips threating to kill O Callaghan Enter Inspector Alleyn andlayers unfurl andsuspects arise Again his amanuensis, Nigel Bathgate, helps him while going undercover In the end the actual killer gets caught although Alleyn is left with mixed feelings about life and love All three novels have simple English, straight forward approach, no major twists, involves intelligence rather than bullets and action The Inspector is not a very charming fellow that make men want to murder him or women want to cling to him, yet his mind, mannerisms, thought process attracts you Although many female suspects keep telling him and in some cases Nigel as well, that he is a callous old pig WickedSmile The language used by the Inspector is quite comical However, he is no Christie or Holmes to hook you on to his attraction or to Marsh s simple language At every turn you expect him to spring up and reveal his inner side, but that never happens The author was true to her character, just my mind couldn t catch up I would recommend the TV series over the book, but you can still read the books if you want easy mysteries


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    I find that it sometimes takes a couple of books for an author to warm up as regards plot and characterisation However, A Man Lay Dead was a reasonable story I enjoyed the setting and the general premise of how the murder was commited I felt it was a little weak overall, but it was still enjoyable.Enter A Murderer was better in my opinion Plenty of suspects and very little to go on All in all a satisfying read As was The Nursing Home Murder.Overall I find Alleyn fairly likeable, and I li I find that it sometimes takes a couple of books for an author to warm up as regards plot and characterisation However, A Man Lay Dead was a reasonable story I enjoyed the setting and the general premise of how the murder was commited I felt it was a little weak overall, but it was still enjoyable.Enter A Murderer was better in my opinion Plenty of suspects and very little to go on All in all a satisfying read As was The Nursing Home Murder.Overall I find Alleyn fairly likeable, and I like the relationship between him and Bathgate The only thing I dislike in these novels is the usage of misspelled words to denote an accent I find it annoying as it slows you down, making you re read whole utterances However, I do plan on readingof this series


  6. says:

    Interesting going way back to the beginning for one of the Queens of Crime comfortably similar to Agatha Christie,


  7. says:

    Marsh s first three mysteries written in the early 1930 s There is also a heartwarming short story she wrote in 1935.


  8. says:

    Good books, but the language is dated in some parts considering that these were written in the late 1930s no surprise Still, a good read.


  9. says:

    A classic old school detective,well written and thoroughly enjoyable.


  10. says:

    I don t really like Roderick Alleyn, who s really into reconstructions and tends to drag his young reporter friend Nigel Bathgate around with him rather unprofessionally on his assignments


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A Man Lay Dead / Enter a Murderer / The Nursing Home Murder (The Ngaio Marsh Collection) Commemorating Years Since The Empress Of Crime S First Book, The First Volume In A Set Of Omnibus Editions Presenting The Complete Run Of Inspector Alleyn Mysteries