Death in a White Tie (Roderick Alleyn Series #7)

Death in a White Tie (Roderick Alleyn Series #7)

by Ngaio Marsh

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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 in. The social whirl is decidedly not Alleyn’s environment, so he brings in an assistant in the form of Lord “Bunchy” Gospell, everybody’s favorite uncle. Bunchy is more than loveable; he’s also got some serious sleuthing skills. But before he can unmask the blackmailer, a murder is announced. And everyone suddenly stops giggling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937384302
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date: 09/16/2012
Series: Roderick Alleyn Series , #7
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 317,313
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ngaio Marsh is the author of numerous crime novels. Along with Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, and Dorothy L. Sayers, she was classed as one of the four original "Queens of Crime" of the 1920s and 1930s. Benedict Cumberbatch is an actor.

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Death in a White Tie 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This installment in the Alleyn mystery series was in the same vein as much of the series, but, like the previous ones, this book is bulkier than the beginning ones. Alleyn's personal life, in the form of Troy, his love interest, adds to the novel. His romantic aspirations have to take a backseat to the latest crime. Alleyn has been investigating a series of blackmails targeting women of the upper class, and since his family is also a part of that gentile group, he has been employing an old family friend, Lord Gospel, affectionately known as Bunchy, to make the type of inquiries unavailable to police officers. The case takes a dark turn when Bunchy winds up dead, strangled with his own tie. This is the first time that we've seen Alleyn investigate the death of a friend, and we are privy to his guilt, anger, pain, and uncertainty. That, combined with his love life, makes this the novel that has revealed the most, so far, of Alleyn's personal life. The story still has the usual complement of suspects, all with their secrets, some related to the crime, and some not. Also, the mystery is interesting. I enjoyed the blackmailing angle as a change of pace from murder (as much as I love my murder mysteries), and I really wanted to know who did it, a sign of a good mystery.A couple of things didn't work for me, though. First off, the size. I enjoy my big clunker books, but with Marsh, and most mysteries, for that matter, I like them short and swift. Notice how Agatha Christie's books are all in bite-size pieces? I like that. Helps me get to the end, and therefore the answer, quicker. Marsh's books started out that way, but they have gradually been gaining weight, presumably because we are getting more into Alleyn's personal life, not just his professional. I like learning all that information, but maybe spread out in smaller doses across more books? The other aspect that I didn't like was she made it a little too easy this time: I figured out the culprit in the side mystery quickly, and I determined the killer before all was revealed. I like it when my mystery authors make me surprised at the end. Thus the three and a half stars, rather than four. A solid read, but not as good as earlier entries in the series.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting, though I tagged the murderer before he even did it. I liked Inspector Allyen and his cohorts, but not on the same intimate level as Lord Peter, Archie Goodwin and Cadfael. Not as humorous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like 1930's style English Murder stories, then read this book. It's fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story with an unexpected ending... I've read it at least 3 times.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Well-written, but felt like rug was pulled out from under right from start after Bunchy, who was so wonderful, gets killed and Lord Gospell has to solve his murder. (This is on back cover, so I'm not giving anything away.) Trouble is you like the poor Bunchy so much you get soured when he's bumped off. Also didn't care for sappy love interest. Thought the woman Lord Gospell pines for is unsympathetic. Can't understand what he sees in her. Can't see what all the fuss is about with this writer. Thought tag on cover comparing Ngaio Marsh to Agatha Christie doesn't ring true. Not a thrillilng read, only mildly entertaining at best, but that's a bit of a stretch.