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Death of a Peer by Ngaio Marsh
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Aug 18, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: five-stars, ngaio-marsh

Of course, all of Marsh's books have the same protagonist, the very likable Detective-Inspector Roderick Alleyn, & he is the main reason the story happens. But to me, part of the fun of reading a series like this is meeting the completely new characters in each book, both for themselves & to see how Alleyn interacts with them. The Lamprey family, Alleyn's co-stars in this novel, are among my all-time favorites. An extremely quirky family full of charm headed by an aristocratic younger son with no head for money or business whatsoever, the Lampreys are headed for a huge financial crash which they are hoping to stave off with the help of Lord Charles' elder brother, Gabriel, Lord Wutherwood. Unfortunately, after leaving in a state of high dudgeon, Gabriel is discovered to have been very unpleasantly murdered on his way down in the apartment's elevator. Enter Alleyn, & a thoroughly enjoyable period mystery of the best kind.

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