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Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh
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Jan 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery

Throughly entertaining read; in my experience of reading Marsh novels, this is beaten only by Night at the Vulcan and Swing, Brother, Swing. The most enjoyable aspect of Enter A Murderer is Alleyn's central role here; unlike many of her contemporaries, Marsh often produces whodunnits where her detective is hardly the focus andhis appearance is almost an afterthought. Here, however, Alleyn is the focal figure from beginning to end, and it is wonderful getting to know him better.

Alleyn is the type of figure that lacks the uniqueness and inherent self-confidence of a Hercule Poirot, the intelligence of a Holmes, or the intimate knowledge of human characteristics that Miss Marple possesses. He is a thoroughly normal detective, and there lies his charm. His easy, laid-back attitude and occasional irreverence is amusing, as well as his obvious sense of humour. Alleyn is the kind of "nice chap" that you can't help but like.

This really plays into his friendship with Nigel Bathgate, a journalist that is just as important to this mystery, as well as his relationship with each of the suspects. The tension and underlying attraction between Alleyn and Stephanie Vaughan is particularly interesting to watch, and reminds us that the detective himself is very much human.

The mystery is very well plotted, and readers will most likely kick themselves at the end for not guessing the murderer's identity sooner.

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