Clutch of Constables (Roderick Alleyn #25)
Alleyn's wife Troy knows international crook the Jampot best, she shared close quarters with him on a cruise. She knew something was wrong even before Alleyn was called in to solve two murders on board the tiny pleasure steamer.
Instead of the cruise liner so beloved by crime writers, Clutch of Constables takes place on a small riverboat cruise, on a river described rather vaguely as 'in the north country' and in 'the fens'. Troy Alleyn, exhausted at the end of a successful one man show, takes a cancelled berth on this trip, while her husband is in the States at a criminological conference.
When her letter telling him this reaches him - the post to San Francisco must have...more
Alleyn's wife Troy, having just had an exhibit installed, is about to return to London when she sees a last minute cancellation on a 5 day boat trip around "Constable Country". Knowing that her husband is in America on a lecture tour, and that she would be returning to an empty flat after an exhausting time preparing for the show, she takes the trip on the spur o...more
This book was first published in 1968, well into her series which b...more
Murder on the Orient Express
Why did I start with Christie's most famous book (arguably)? Because I suspect this Alleyn mystery is Marsh's homage to that remarkable book. All disguised, but, I think I'm right. Great fun.
somehow Marsh still fooled me with all the info and red herrings. i still couldn't see who was the bad guy even with only 2 choices left.
well-told, great setting, fabulous mystery!
Again a book dealing with a spinster-of-a-problematic-age, this one using the not uncommon plot device of a person who has heard or witnessed something, and desperately tries to pass the information on, but is delayed from doing so long enough for her to be killed. While I can understand Troy finding our problematic...more
Of all the "Great Ladies" of the English mystery's golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh...more