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Hand In Glove (Roderick Alleyn #22)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  912 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Who had a hand in the murder of a country gent?

All manner of friction fills the English country house shared by genteel retiree Percival Pyke Period and fuddy-duddy lawyer Harry Cartell. Until one of them, after a flamboyant dowager's treasure hunt party, is found murdered-face down in the mire of an open drain. Which of Superintendent Roderick Alleyn's suspects-linked by...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Dead Letter (first published 1962)
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Steven
This is a mildly pleasant mystery about a thoroughly unpleasant murder in a quiet English village - pretty standard fair for Marsh. The morning after a treasure hunt party, one of the participants is found dead in a deep ditch that's been dug for a new sewer line, one of the massive sewer pipes having been pried loose so as to fall in on top of him. It's typical Marsh, in that the dialogue and plotting are expertly done, although it's not quite as complex as some of her earlier works that I've r...more
Kel
I thought the butler did it. He didn't.
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in February 1999.

This is another Marsh novel which is very much in the rather unfortunate shadow of Agatha Christie. The cast of characters, upper class, Home Counties village dwellers, could come out of a number of Christie's novels, and there is not much of Marsh's personality in this book.

The plot itself is not particularly interesting; Mr Harold Carteret's dead body is found under a large, heavy pipe in a ditch being dug by workmen, following a party held...more
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Sarah
J'avoue que j'ai été très déçue par ce livre. L'écriture de Ngaio Marsh est toujours aussi agréable mais l'histoire en elle-même, ainsi que son déroulement, sont sans grand intérêt. Il faut attendre la moitié du livre pour qu'enfin il se passe quelque chose et je dois dire qu'arrivée à ce stade-là de ma lecture, je n'étais plus intéressée. Ce livre m'a fait penser à Agatha Christie dans ses mauvais jours. La campagne anglaise, de nombreux personnages divers et variés mais au final rien de bien e...more
Stephanie
There we go! One fun aspect of being on Goodreads with people who are actually my friends in real life is that occasionally we discuss what we are reading. One real-life friend saw my previous reviews of Ngaio Marsh books, read that I very much liked her as an author, and lent me this book, which I hadn't yet read, and very much enjoyed. Thank you! This book was more to my liking -- later Marsh, rather than earlier -- and had a denouement that, while unexpected, in hindsight was admirably foresh...more
Joan Somers
It's worth getting past the confusing beginning.
Helen
This book was somewhat spoilt for me by the reader - I 'read' it via audio book - mispronouncing Alleyn's name from story start to finish. No unusually, the actual solution to the mystery was a letdown, and the young lovers here were far less charismatic than most - neither were really suspects in the murder, and there was therefore no tension in their relationship. Marsh both sends up snobbery and indulges in it herself. One of her less memorable books.
Aperna Deb
This was one of the whodunits where a murder doesn’t take place till half of the book. Normally, I give up. But Marsh’s writing is endearing and charming enough to make me go on. Also, it’s harder to guess who is going to die, than to guess who killed that person. In this case, the latter was surprising, but the reasons were too tenuous making the book a bit of a bore. I also am not a big fan of forced romance in a mystery.
Mark Stephenson
Of the six Marsh mysteries I've read so far this is my favorite! It's as much a romance as a murder mystery and shows Inspector Alleyn and his wife Troy as the splendidly capable and warmly enjoyable couple they were intended by the author to be. Nicola Maitland-Mayne and Andrew Bantling, the young lovers, wonderfully contrasted with less savory characters, moved me. Marsh's genius for black comedy is a delight.
Martha
The dialogue is great here - sort of P. G. Wodehouse set 20 or 30 years later. The slang is clever (and decipherable) but I didn't need to use a dictionary a few times to look up some real $10 words.

The story is, well, mediocre, and the mystery is lame. But most of the characters are just fab.
Lesley
O dear another obsessive spinster (this time it's her adopted daughter who is the object, this reads like one of the awful warnings cited in Holden's The Shadow of Marriage about post-war attitudes to single women adopting), and one of her campy snobbish aesthetes.
P.d.r. Lindsay
I am enjoying my jaunt through Ngaio Marsh's novels again. I'd forgotten this one set in the 1960s.

A thoroughly nasty murder, a lot of red herrings and the usual collection of memorable characters.

Another good read.
Gail
The relationships between the step-relatives and ex-spouses was a little confusing, but it was fun to find a Ngaio Marsh mystery that I hadn't read or least don't remember reading.
Jessie
3.5. I love to cozy up with one of hers on the fall...I had forgotten the killer's ID in this one, so it was time to re-read. She sets a scene very well.
Andrea
A solid, well-built mystery. Marsh has a knack of making me feel sorry for her murderers, even if they're not necessarily very likeable people.
Sucharita
This was also a repeat read. Neat, clean and wholesome reading. Romance and suspense. Good English. A pleasure to read.
Kyrie
I don't even remember this story. I must have read it, but wow I can't remember anything about it.
Sharon Derlan
Perfect specimen of the genre. A murder, many suspects and a young couple falling in love.
Paula
Another of my favorite authors, close to Christie in my mind. I have also read all of her books.
Miriam
I'll have to reread this, as all I can remember is the letters of condolence (which were a riot!).
Brainorgan
Hand In Glove (Roderick Alleyn Mysteries) by Ngaio Marsh (1999)
Margareth8537
Always enjoy Ngaio Marsh, but not as good as some of the others
Harriet
Another great read from Ngaio Marsh. Wonderfully observed characters.
Helen
Think I saw TV version long ago. Book is better
Karen
Another fun Marsh book with vivid characters
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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.

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