Maurice Questing was left to die in a pool of boiling mud. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that any number of people could have killed him: the English exiles he'd hated, the New Zealanders he'd despised or the Maoris he'd insulted. Even the spies he'd thwarted - if he wasn't a spy himself.
©1943 Original Text of 1943 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." (Times Literary Supplement)
"Nobody begins to touch Ngaio Marsh's skill at creating corpses and suspects...her dialogue is a continuous delight." (New York Herald Tribune)
"The queen of the straight crime novel - long may she reign!" (Sunday Times)
I have mixed feelings about writing a review on this novel. It is not necessarily typical Alleyne fayre. He doesn't really feature in it and because of your expectation of him doing so, you wonder why you are getting so much backstory! Also you are involved in the daily running and events of the characters and left wondering when anything is going to happen and when it does, when is it going to be resolved or how!
The narration was fine, although I did not enjoy the over frequent shouting and raising of voices, however it was on occasion difficult to discern who was speaking!
Not my most enjoyed Ngaio Marsh book, but it was interesting for all that. I shall probably have to re-listen to it, now that I do not expect Inspector Alleyne to show up after chapter 3!
I t came across as a very 'worthy' piece.
"Love, love, love this story"
I thoroughly enjoyed this story with many twists. The author seemed to me to be exceptionally creatively inspired.
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