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The Nursing Home Murders

Inspector Alleyn #3

by Ngaio Marsh

For one unlucky Member of Parliament, a simple visit to the hospital (the “nursing home” of the title) proves fatal. But as Inspector Alleyn will discover, any number of people had reason to help the gentleman...


A Man Lay Dead

Inspector Alleyn #1

by Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh was one of the queens (she has been called the empress) of England’s Golden Age of mystery fiction. And in true Golden Age fashion, her oeuvre opens with, yes, a country-house party between the...


Surfeit of Lampreys: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #10

by Ngaio Marsh

The killingly aristocratic Lamprey family exemplifies charm, wit, and a chronic lack of funds. Their only source of hope is the wealthy but unpleasant Lord Wutherwood, and the Lampreys may perhaps be forgiven...


Vintage Murder

Inspector Alleyn #5

by Ngaio Marsh

Inspector Roderick Alleyn has to date confined his investigations to England, but Vintage Murder finds him journeying to New Zealand (Ngaio Marsh’s homeland). Traveling with Alleyn are the members of the Carolyn...


Enter a Murderer

Inspector Alleyn #2

by Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh was, among other things, a well-respected theatrical producer (having started out as an actress), and her passion for and knowledge of the theater was displayed in many of Alleyn’s adventures....


Artists in Crime

Inspector Alleyn #6

by Ngaio Marsh

In the movies, it’s known as a “meet cute.” But for Inspector Alleyn and Miss Agatha Troy, it’s more like irritation: On the ship back to England, she finds him tedious and dull; he thinks she’s a...


Death at the Bar

Inspector Alleyn #9

by Ngaio Marsh

It’s true, darts is nobody’s idea of a low-risk amusement, yet it is rarely lethal. Tell that to the famous barrister who was enjoying a pint at the Plume of Feathers pub, and is now residing at the morgue....


Death and the Dancing Footman

Inspector Alleyn #11

by Ngaio Marsh

The unspeakably wealthy (and generally unspeakable) Jonathan Royal has decided to throw a party and, just for fun, has studded the guest-list with people who loathe one another. When a blizzard imprisons them...


Overture to Death

Inspector Alleyn #8

by Ngaio Marsh

It’s murder in the little English village, but the two local spinsters, Miss Campanula, the victim, and Miss Prentice, her friend who may have been the intended victim, are not exactly the beloved little old...


Night at the Vulcan

Inspector Alleyn #16

by Ngaio Marsh

Newly arrived from New Zealand and in need of funds, Martyn Tarne takes a job as a dresser to the Vulcan theater’s leading lady. This provides her with a ringside seat to the backstage circus and the eventual...


Swing, Brother, Swing

Inspector Alleyn #15

by Ngaio Marsh

Lord Pastern and Baggot is given to passionate, peculiar enthusiasms, the latest of which is drumming in a jazz band. His wife is not amused, and even less so when her daughter falls for Carlos Rivera, the band’s...


Final Curtain

Inspector Alleyn #14

by Ngaio Marsh

In this classic country-house mystery, Sir Henry Ancred, a celebrated Shakespearian actor has arranged to have his portrait painted by Agatha Troy, wife of Inspector Roderick Alleyn. When Ancred is killed at...


Died in the Wool

Inspector Alleyn #13

by Ngaio Marsh

Flossie Rubrick, a highly opinionated and influential Member of the New Zealand Parliament, was last seen heading off to one of the storage sheds on her sheep farm. Three weeks later, she turned up dead and...


Death in a White Tie

Inspector Alleyn #7

by Ngaio Marsh

Ah, the London Debutante Season: Giggles and tea-dances, white dresses and inappropriate romances. And much too much champagne. And, apparently, a blackmailer, which is where Inspector Roderick Alleyn comes...


Colour Scheme

Inspector Alleyn #12

by Ngaio Marsh

Colour Scheme is set during World War II at a mud-baths resort in rural New Zealand run by Colonel Claire, a tremendously nice fellow and a disastrously bad businessman. His business is on the brink of being...


Death in Ecstasy

Inspector Alleyn #4

by Ngaio Marsh

Ahhh, prussic acid, that hallmark of classic Golden Age mysteries. Did lovely Cara Quoyne get a whiff of the bitter almonds as she raised the goblet to her lips? We’ll never know: With a single sip she transported...