Vintage Murder (Roderick Alleyn #5)
Death served well-chilled
The leading lady of a theater company touring New Zealand was stunningly beautiful. No one-including her lover-understood why she married the company's pudgy producer. But did she rig a huge jeroboam of champagne to kill her husband during a cast party?
Did her sweetheart? Or was another villain waiting in the wings? On a holiday down under, Inspect...more
The pleasure in this story is Ngaio Marsh’s descr ...more
The thing about Marsh is, she really could write. And she knew her theater inside out, and liked the right stuff.
For instance, this quote: "when he spoke, one forgot his age, for his voice was quite beautiful: deep, and exquisitely modulated. He was one of that company of old actors that are only found in the West End of London. They still believe in using their voices as instruments, they spea ...more
From what I gather, the setting here is close to Marsh's heart in two ways: it's set in New Zealand, and in the context of a theatrical company. That gives it some good moments of description: there's one i ...more
Vintage Murder was written in 1937 and in many instances shows h ...more
chief inspector alleyn is on extended leave in n.z. and whilst on a train meets a travelling theatre group and they invite him to the theatre for a showing. here, a surprise birthday party for the owner's wife ends in his own death when a stage prop mal functions
to be honest i found this too old school for me - probably been spoilt by the present day t ...more
Alleyn is in New Zealand, where he is on holiday recuperating from surgery (injured on the job?? I'll have to go back and look at #4!). On the boat from England, and then on the train in N.Z., he travelled along side a group of actors, including Miss Susan Max. The manager of the group is murdered after a performance one evening while Alleyn is there (amongst others) to celebrate the birthday of the leading lady (who is also the man ...more
A nice little man dies a horrible death as he attempts a surprise gift for his beloved wife, lead actress in his touring company of Artistes. Death in the theater, as only Dame Ngaio can do it, plus some lovely comments on life in NZ. Her obvious affection for NZ, and her simultaneous enjoyment of artistic types and annoyance with them, all shine through, in this tight ...more
This is one of Ngaio Marsh's best crime novels, and was the fifth to feature Roderick Alleyn as the detective. He is travelling in New Zealand on holiday, and meets up with a touring theatre company from England. At a birthday party in honour of the leading lady, her husband is killed when a surprise he had planned goes horribly wrong: a jeroboam of champagne which should have lowered from above the stage to land in a nest of ferns in front of h ...more
Great stuff. Alleyn is as always the consumate gentleman detective, and I so like h ...more
Vintage Murder was told in third person although it focused heavily on Roderick Alleyn, who was on holiday after a major operation. The setting was New Zealand but the majority of the casts were English except for the detectives investigating the case and Doctor Te Pokiha. The scenery description was good and you could feel the authenticity. Also, the slang and phraseology used by the people of New Zealand were frequently shown here. After all, the author was a native New Zealander. It ...more
'Vintage murder' is one of her early novels and is a charming read. Sex is very properly not mentioned, gentlemen tip their hats to ladies, and cads and bounders abound. It's a stylish novel of its time yet enjoyable today.
On holiday in New Zealand Rory meets up with a theatre group from the UK doing a tour of New Zea ...more
The book sets up characters that are repeated in later books (e.g. the Noble Aboriginal Doctor). As usual the investigations take part over the following 48 hours after the death of the main character and there is a lot of interviewing of the secondary characters, including the dead man's ...more
It is a good mystery which stretched out the investigative process of talking to all the peo ...more
Mechanics - the dialogue is improving.
Squeaky Clean? - Swearing. LOTS of swearing.
Of all the "Great Ladies" of the English mystery's golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh ...more