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Surfeit of Lampreys; Death and the Dancing Footman; The Colour Scheme (The Ngaio Marsh Collection)

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Commemorating 75 years since the Empress of Crime's first book, the fourth volume in a set of omnibus editions presenting the complete run of 32 Inspector Alleyn mysteries.
Paperback, 864 pages
Published October 29th 2009 by Harper (first published 2009)
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Starfish
Apr 28, 2010 Starfish rated it really liked it
Surfeit of Lampfreys: Token New Zealander. Eccentric and rather brattish English titles. Charades. Good.

Death and the Dancing Footman: Very good! Enjoyed the footman immensely. Good mystery, really liked Aubrey Mandrake as a narrator. William was extremely hard done by. Like that the murderer practically got the last word. The Copelands make a reappearance (and Alleyn fulfills the phrophecy he made in 'Overture to Death').

Colour Scheme: Set in NZ during the War, a Died in the Wool that isn't as
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Sep 26, 2012 Judy rated it liked it
So what do you do when a member of the English nobility--Lord Wutherford--is found dying with a meat skewer driven through his eye and into his brain? Especially since he is in a closed elevator with his estranged wife and his nephew and they both protest their innocence? Obviously you have to call in Scotland Yard and let Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn sort it all out. And sort it out he does.
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Nov 30, 2016 Iona Bauer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The First and the Best!

At fourteen she was the first crime author I ever read. Forty years later she is still the best.! Excellent!
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Nov 19, 2013 Helen Tor rated it it was amazing
I have read 'Surfeit of Lampreys' several times and always get a shiver at the manner of the murder. I love the characters and setting too.
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Dame Ngaio Marsh, born Edith Ngaio Marsh, was a New Zealand crime writer and theatre director. There is some uncertainty over her birth date as her father neglected to register her birth until 1900, but she was born in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Of all the "Great Ladies" of the English mystery's golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh
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