Death of a Peer

Death of a Peer Murder becomes a family affairThe Lampreys were a charming eccentric happy go lucky family teetering on the edge of financial ruin Until the gruesome murder of their uncle and unpleasant Marquis wh

Murder becomes a family affairThe Lampreys were a charming, eccentric happy go lucky family, teetering on the edge of financial ruin Until the gruesome murder of their uncle and unpleasant Marquis, who met his untimely death while leaving the Lamprey flat left them with a fortune Now it s up to Inspector Roderick Alleyn to sift through the alibis to discover which LamMurder becomes a family affairThe Lampreys were a charming, eccentric happy go lucky family, teetering on the edge of financial ruin Until the gruesome murder of their uncle and unpleasant Marquis, who met his untimely death while leaving the Lamprey flat left them with a fortune Now it s up to Inspector Roderick Alleyn to sift through the alibis to discover which Lamprey hides a ruthless killer behind an amiable facade

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Death of a Peer

  1. Dame Ngaio Marsh, born Edith Ngaio Marsh, was a New Zealand crime writer and theatre director There is some uncertainty over her birth date as her father neglected to register her birth until 1900, but she was born in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.Of all the Great Ladies of the English mystery s golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L Sayers, Ngaio Marsh alone survived to publish in the 1980s Over a fifty year span, from 1932 to 1982, Marsh wrote thirty two classic English detective novels, which gained international acclaim She did not always see herself as a writer, but first planned a career as a painter.Marsh s first novel, A MAN LAY DEAD 1934 , which she wrote in London in 1931 32, introduced the detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn a combination of Sayers s Lord Peter Wimsey and a realistically depicted police official at work Throughout the 1930s Marsh painted occasionally, wrote plays for local repertory societies in New Zealand, and published detective novels In 1937 Marsh went to England for a period Before going back to her home country, she spent six months travelling about Europe All her novels feature British CID detective Roderick Alleyn Several novels feature Marsh s other loves, the theatre and painting A number are set around theatrical productions Enter a Murderer, Vintage Murder, Overture to Death, Opening Night, Death at the Dolphin, and Light Thickens , and two others are about actors off stage Final Curtain and False Scent Her short story I Can Find My Way Out is also set around a theatrical production and is the earlier Jupiter case referred to in Opening Night Alleyn marries a painter, Agatha Troy, whom he meets during an investigation Artists in Crime , and who features in several later novels.Series Roderick Alleyn

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  1. A prime example of the Golden Age Mystery from Britain between the wars Pull out the whole standard toolkit A slightly threadbare, to the manor born family finds that being bankrupt puts a real strain on the entire dotty household Lady, Lord, bairns, domestics, butler chauffeur Even the usual bracing round of Charades won t lift the gloom An inconvenient and nasty murder disrupts the disruptions already at hand, the Yard investigates with eyebrow raised, and suspicions fly Add some thirties Occu [...]

  2. A few years ago New Zealander Roberta Grey met the Lamprey family, a bunch of Micawberish English aristocrats, when she was an adolescent and they were living in her home country She and Frid Lamprey were schoolmates, and before she knew it she d fallen in love with the family and they seemingly did so with her Soon, though, they had to move back to London as yet another of their financial crises overtook them a financial crisis representing one of those periods when none of their elderly and we [...]

  3. There s stuff to like about A Surfeit of Lampreys the character portraits, the commentary on the family, the fact that it brings in Bathgate and ties some of that stuff together but overall, I ve totally lost my motivation to read Ngaio Marsh s books There s a same y feel to them, the characters aren t nearly as brilliant as, say, Dorothy L Sayers , and it comes out feeling a little too heavy and flat, with not enough payoff The mysteries are intricate, but everything just unravels so slowly.I k [...]

  4. The pacing of Death of a Peer left me extremely frustrated It took forever for the Peer to get murdered He finally does get murdered and then it takes even longer for the plot to go anywhere Arguably it never does I picked up this book primed to fall in love with the dashing Roderick Alleyn He seemed a brilliant but much less awkward version of Sir Peter Wimseyor Sherlock Holmesor any other detective you may wish to pick The problem is, he is also rather dull The majority of this book is endless [...]

  5. Went back to this series, because apparently there is one coming up in a couple of books where Alleyn and Troy assess their marriage after being apart for most of the war And I am interested about that There is also something about reading about the time period from a contemporary.A few things, the book about Troy and Alleyn s relationship after the war is somewhat going to suffer from the fact that we actually see shockingly little of it before the war Which is sad The other thing, is that whil [...]

  6. Originally published on my blog here in June 1998.This is one of my least favourite Ngaio Marsh novels The crime is puzzling enough and the solution typically ingenious, and Roderick Alleyn is his usual urbane self the problem is that I find it impossible to have any sympathy for the family at the centre of the story, the Lampreys The Lampreys are an upper class family always suffering from financial crises, yet unable to work or to save because of their frivolous background Marsh keeps on empha [...]

  7. Ghastly murder nothing cozy about it Entertaining Lamprey family based on real family friends Marsh adored Nigel makes a brief appearance Marsh has a real way with her characters mystery is secondary, but well done Considering this was published in the1939 1940 era there is very little in the book to suggest the turmoil of Europe and a pending war There is a passing reference that someone might be one of them Nazzys.

  8. A Golden Age Mystery replete with poor but profligate aristocrats, dotty aunts, precocious children, sarcastic teens, the credulous journalist Nigel Bathgate, Inspector Alleyn dubbed Handsome Alleyn by the press and his ever stolid B rer Fox.

  9. A first rate mystery The Lamprey family members are engaging and quirky, the Inspector Alleyn a top notch detective It was a bit slow going in the beginning but as the murder commenced I was sorely tempted to flip to the ending to find out the culprit, I didn t of course

  10. I did enjoy this light hearted cosy mystery about an impoverished family of the minor nobility whose rich uncle yes, really is killed in the lift after refusing to bail them out yet again Marsh repeatedly mentions that it s like a set piece social comedy play, and it is that Her acting directing experience shows at every turn She can t resist bringing in MacBeth, and the solution is a bit unbelievably convenient, but hey, it s mental popcorn and I munched it quite happily in a few hours I found [...]

  11. Now there is something about a nice bit of vintage murder that is ever so slightly comforting, now I can t say I have ever understood why this should be so but it does seem to be the case for many readers I love Agatha Christie I have loved her forever, and remain a staunch fan, however, I wonder if Ngaio Marsh wasn t a rather better writer I discovered Marsh much later than Christie, and those novels I have read have been consistently good Chief Inspector Alleyn and his trusty Inspector Fox are [...]

  12. QUITE engrossing and fun to read with lots of nice little creepiness supplied by Lady V although the actual solution was not as juicy as I was hoping it would be.

  13. From BBC Radio 4 Extra Lord Wutherford meets a nasty death at the home of the Lampreys.Roderick Alley series 3 A Man Lay Dead Roderick Alleyn, 1 4 Death in a White Tie Roderick Alleyn, 7 3 Death of a Peer Roderick Alleyn, 10 3 Death and the Dancing Footman Roderick Alleyn, 11 3 Night at the Vulcan Roderick Alleyn, 16 3 When in Rome Roderick Alleyn, 26 TR Enter a Murderer Roderick Alleyn, 2 TR The Nursing Home Murder Roderick Alleyn, 3 TR Death in Ecstasy Roderick Alleyn, 4 TR Vintage Murder Rode [...]

  14. Thinking myself somewhat of a Golden Age Detective Novel aficionado, I was startled to say the least to only come across Ngaio Marsh a couple of weeks ago and am now working my way through her work Charming and beautifully written, to the extent where I often find myself smiling with joy at her turn of phrase Not quite Dorothy L Sayers, but leagues ahead of Agatha Christie Very warmly recommended indeed.

  15. Amusing, lively family named Lamprey and the British title is Surfeit of Lamprey s, which made me wonder if I got the correct book when it came through ILL who are very fun and lackadaisical about their money issues Mean spirited uncle is murdered in their home, so they are all suspects Enjoyable reading.

  16. Another amazing Ngaio Marsh novel She is a superb writer with such an engaging style The characters in this novel are so interesting Another great read

  17. This is also titled A Surfeit of Lampreys I suppose the title was changed for US publication why the heck do they do that It happened with some Christie books, too The Lampreys are a family living in new Zealand, who go home to England Roberta Robin Grey, a young woman who was great friends with them in NZ, comes to England after her parents die She is supposed to live with an aunt, but when the aunt becomes ill, the Lampreys invite her to stay with them, which she is than happy to do The Lampr [...]

  18. Like a Game of ClueNgaio Marsh wrote 32 detective novels featuring Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn from 1934 through 1982 This story was tenth in the series, published in 1941, renamed Death of a Peer for the U.S The Lampreys are a tight and spendthrift family, always doing extravagant things but finding ways to get money when almost broke A family friend from New Zealand comes to England and is spending time with them when they run low on funds A wealthy uncle is killed while he s visiting his [...]

  19. Ngaio Marsh published her 10th Roderick Alleyn novel in 1941 s A Surfeit of Lampreys, set in 1940 Roberta Robin Grey, a girl from New Zealand, has become star struck with an English noble family, the Lampreys, who have moved to the island nation for financial reasons The family clearly love their creature comforts and frequently live beyond their means because they just can t seem to envision living the kind of lifestyle required of their income or the unthinkable behavior of getting a job Inste [...]

  20. I still can t pronounce Ngaio , and that bothers me Am I allowed to read novels if I have no clue as to the author s name NonethelessDame Ngaio Marsh novels I m coming to quite late The Roderick Alleyn mysteries are, wellarming Dated, obviously, and maybe just a bit too whimsical But well crafted, shot through with humor, and always resolved very satisfactorily They all of them have memories of Dame Ngaio s native New Zealand threaded through them, too lovely memories of place and atmosphere Let [...]

  21. I had an odd association all through this book Because the only identification I ve had for the word lamprey is that ugly eel, the surname Lamprey, each time it occurred in A Surfeit of Lampreys, brought to mental mind that image of a sticking, sucking eel Never could overcome it Maybe that was Ngaio Marsh s point Hilarious In each of her books that I ve read so far, when I get two thirds of the way through, I m absolutely hooked Another good mystery.

  22. This is one of my favorite Ngaio Marsh books so far I found the family at the center of the mystery to be fascinating and charming even though they should have been irritating considering their irresponsibility when it comes to money and the solution to the puzzle was ingenious and complicated There s no way I would have figured it out on my own I also enjoyed the touch of the occult that added a nice bit of creepiness to the story.

  23. Ngaio Marsh is one of my, if not my top, favorite mystery writers sorry about the grammatical jungle that sentence became Surfeit of Lampreys has a tangled, surprisingly creepy plot the characters are original and clear, and Philip Franks is a I d listen to him read the phone book reader, so it s a huge hit all around Did a lot of knitting and housework just so I could keep listening to this fantastic audio mystery BRAVA

  24. This is the most unique of the series I have read so far True to form, theater is involved, in this case by frequent reference to MacBeth Once again, Marsh is Anglophile to the core From Eastern Europe You must be unwashed, uncouth, and a little wacky.

  25. well crafted proper who done it crime fiction I guess in the style of Agatha Chistie.good characters, lots of domestic detail of this dotty family and generally easy and perfect for a train journey

  26. My least favorite in the series I hope this is the low point The mystery is well plotted, but the family is full of totally unsympathetic characters Even the charming outsider stoops to lying Skip it.

  27. This is one of my favorite Alleyn mysteries because of the charming Lamprey family and their sweet New Zealand friend, Robin Grey, who cares about them so deeply The early scenes set in New Zealand are so evocative Marsh s love for her homeland really comes through.

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