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Death in a White Tie de Ngaio Marsh
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Death in a White Tie (1938 original; edició 1999)

de Ngaio Marsh

Sèrie: Roderick Alleyn (7)

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A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh's 1930s novels. The season had begun. D#65533;butantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first...… (més)
Membre:MissJessie
Títol:Death in a White Tie
Autors:Ngaio Marsh
Informació:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1999), Edition: Spine Lean, Paperback, 352 pages
Col·leccions:Own, Per llegir
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Etiquetes:british-mysteries, own, aa-to-be-read

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Death in a White Tie de Ngaio Marsh (1938)

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Blackmail and Murder
Review of the Felony & Mayhem paperback edition (2012) of the 1938 original

Death in a White Tie is a fairly early work (No. 7 of 33) in the Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard series by New Zealand writer Ngaio Marsh. Alleyn and his sidekick Fox are set on the trail of a blackmailer during the London season of debutantes and balls. Alleyn enlists the aid of his friend Lord Robert "Bunchy" Gospell who is adept and well-loved in the social circles of the season. Bunchy apparently uncovers the blackmailer but is murdered as a result and before he can pass on the info to the police. Uncovering the blackmailer and now murderer becomes a crusade for Alleyn who also feels guilty about enlisting his friend's aid.

I found Death in a White Tie to be a delightful golden age mystery with its social commentary on the old customs of debutantes coming out during the season. There are plenty of likely suspects and red herrings to keep you entertained and guessing. The book also has a subplot that continues Alleyn's courtship of painter Agatha Troy who will continue to play a prominent role in later books in the series. ( )
  alanteder | Dec 3, 2020 |
A slow start setting the scene and painting the characters, but did give a good picture of bygone ball seasons and debutants coming out.
Enjoyaable, clever solving of the crime with clues dropped along the way.
Likeable gentleman Chief Detective-Inspector Roderick Alleyn, CID. ( )
  GeoffSC | Jul 25, 2020 |
I read the book a very long time ago, but just listened to the audiobook narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. It's an old fashioned mystery, cleanly written and of its time, and Cumberbatch's smooth young English voice is perfect for it. A nice indulgence. ( )
  dmturner | Jun 29, 2020 |
Sept. 2019 reread via my dad's Kindle:

I realized soon upon reading this that I had indeed read it before & so I was quick to notice all the clues that pointed to the correct murderer. What I hadn't remembered was that the personal business between Alleyn and Troy that happens in this book - I do like Troy! ( )
  leslie.98 | Sep 3, 2019 |
Having recently read biographies of Debra and Diana Mitford and being sick with sinusitis I decided to take the plunge into a fictional version of London Season between the wars and reread "Death in a White Tie". It's fascinating to see how well the outsider Marsh (she was a New Zealander) has captured the feel of the era of debutantes balls, chaperones, debs delights and it's underbelly of adultery, divorce, illegitimacy and remarriage. Things I thought far-fetched when I first read this story are rooted in reality! It's also a good murder-mystery with Roderick Alleyn seeking the help of Lord Robert "Bunchy" Gospell in identifying a society blackmailer - a request that led to murder. There's also a little romance with Alleyn wooing, and finally winning, painter Agatha Troy (who he met in "Artists in Crime"). Marsh creates some delightful cameo parts too particularly Alleyn's mother (making her first appearance in the series) and the truculent paying Jewish debutante Rose Birnbaum (who's hard-as-nails chaperone tells her "there was a good deal to be said for the German point of view"). Yes, there's a lot of class attitudes that perturb modern sensibilities but this book also paints us vivid picture of a time and place. ( )
  Figgles | Jun 19, 2019 |
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A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh's 1930s novels. The season had begun. D#65533;butantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first...

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