Death in Ecstasy: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #4 [NOOK Book]

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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 herself to the Hereafter.

At least, that’s the romantic view. But Inspector Alleyn has little interest in romance; he’s investigating a murder. Cara was a deeply spiritual young woman, a novice with the House of the Sacred Flame. It ...
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Death in Ecstasy: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #4

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Overview

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 herself to the Hereafter.

At least, that’s the romantic view. But Inspector Alleyn has little interest in romance; he’s investigating a murder. Cara was a deeply spiritual young woman, a novice with the House of the Sacred Flame. It seems, however, that somebody was operating from very un-spiritual motivations.
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New York Magazine
"It's time to start comparing Christie to Marsh instead of the other way around."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937384135
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Series: Inspectr Roderick Alleyn, #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 273
  • Sales rank: 116,773
  • File size: 526 KB

Meet the Author

Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982) was one of the celebrated queens of the Golden Age of detective fiction.
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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    Unusual circumstances and interesting characters

    Another "cozy" mystery from Ngaio Marsh... one of my favorite authors. Takes place in the early 1930's, I think. An unusual place & murder with lots of interesting characters and the threesome of Alleyn, Fox, & Bathgate to solve it all.
    Not my favorite of her books but still an excellent and enjoyable one.
    I wish more of her novels were available as e-books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    Nigel Bathgate, journalist and friend of DCI Alleyn of Scotland

    Nigel Bathgate, journalist and friend of DCI Alleyn of Scotland Yard, happens to look out of the window of his flat one wet and windy evening and sees several people entering a doorway underneath a swinging sign of a sacred flame. Bored, he decides to go and see what it's all about and maybe find material for a story for his newspaper.
    He manages to talk his way into the ceremony and finds it's a mixture of many religions and he witnesses a group of initiates passing round a goblet until the final person in the circle collapses dead after drinking from the cup. Nigel sends for DCI Alleyn.
    The following investigation provides plenty of suspects and clues as well as a fair few red herrings. The book is well written and the plot complex. As ever the characters are well drawn and memorable and even the minor ones stick in your mind. The charismatic Father Garnette is a masterpiece as his House of the Sacred Flame and its flock. Ngaio Marsh was one of the masters of the Golden Age of British detective fiction and if you like your crime novels to keep you guessing almost until the last page then give this one a try. Altogether a literary treat. Thank you.

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