Surfeit of Lampreys (Roderick Alleyn Series #10)

Surfeit of Lampreys (Roderick Alleyn Series #10)

by Ngaio Marsh


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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 for doing a little jig when his Lordship is killed and the resulting inheritance saves their bacon. Inspector Roderick Alleyn wouldn’t dream of judging the Lampreys’ joy. But he would like to figure out whether they murdered their benefactor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937384531
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date: 03/16/2013
Series: Roderick Alleyn Series , #10
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 227,538
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dame Ngaio Marsh was one of the celebrated queens of the Golden Age of detective fiction. She was born in New Zealand.

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Death of a Peer (Roderick Alleyn Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
aulsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first Inspector Alleyn mystery, and I enjoyed it a lot. It's basically a "locked room" mystery where all the action takes place in a London flat and the family members are the only suspects. I found the family very entertaining. I understand through other sources that the family may be based on the Micawbers from David Copperfield, but I found them very reminiscent of E. Nesbit's Bastables.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Inspector Alleyn treat to devour. I truly love Marsh's detective series, and this book was one of the up ones (I think all long series have their up and down books), in large part due to the zany Lampreys. Why did they change the title? The Lampreys deserve to be headlining this novel, as they steal the scene from Alleyn numerous times, which is hard to do. They are silly but endearing, and their verbal interchanges are lively. They are both characters in themselves and also a composite character as a family unit. Robin plays the straight man to their wackiness, and I was pleased with her romantic outcome. As for the actual story? The murder was your typical cozy mystery, a bit on the gruesome side, the clues were dealt, Alleyn was marvelous, the red herrings abounded, and the solution made sense. Nothing to take away, and everything to gain from meeting the Lampreys. I highly recommend this installment in Marsh's classic mystery series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And how they housed all those servants is beyond me even in a two flat nanny cook butler maid (s) plus six kids and two parents plus a guest but did say nannys room was the kitchen in next door apartment. Mom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fun, fantasy world and, of course, murder.