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Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh
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Feb 11, 2012

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bookshelves: mystery-england

This is a true Golden Age mystery, with the suave detective (Scotland Yard's inspector Alleyn), the amateur sleuth in the youthful newspaperman Nigel Bathgate, the comic American and the suspiciously well-mannered Frenchman, as well as the young drug-taker among the suspects. During the ceremonies of a small, cult-like church--attended on a whim by Bathgate--a lovely woman is murdered. Bathgate is puzzled, but the Yard follows its routine and Alleyn's insights and pins the crime on the right person. Warning: Marsh, or at least her characters, displays 1930's attitudes toward racial minorities and alternative life styles.
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