Night at the Vulcan (also titled Opening Night) (Roderick Alleyn Series #16)

Night at the Vulcan (also titled Opening Night) (Roderick Alleyn Series #16)

by Ngaio Marsh


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The shabby Vulcan theater is not where Martyn Tarne hoped to work when she moved from New Zealand to London to pursue an acting career. But Martyn takes a job as dresser to the Vulcan’s leading lady. This provides her with a ringside seat to the backstage circus: the aging alcoholic actor, the waspish playwright, the surprisingly gracious grande dame. There is, of course, a murder, so—enter Inspector Alleyn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937384593
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date: 05/16/2014
Series: Roderick Alleyn Series , #16
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 280,552
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ngaio Marsh, born Edith Ngaio Marsh in 1895, grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand. She wrote 32 mystery novels between 1934 and 1982, earning her widespread acclaim and comparisons to Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham. In addition to writing, she pursued her passion for theater and directed a number of plays as a member of the University of Canterbury Drama Society. Her Shakespearian productions were highly praised, and many of her mystery novels reflect her interest in theater, with drama-centered plots and characters. She also wrote plays, essays, and an autobiography titled Black Beech and Honeydew. In 1966 she was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her accomplishments in the arts, and in 1978 she was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. Dame Ngaio Marsh split her time between New Zealand and the UK, and died in Christchurch in 1982. Her home there is now a museum.

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Night at the Vulcan (Roderick Alleyn Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
aulsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm fondest of mysteries where the characters are complex and their interactions more interesting than just trying to guess whodunit. This book delivers a rich set of theater people and some interesting looks at the theater behind the scenes.
mmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The bulk of this book is not about the murder that justifies its inclusion within the Alleyn series but rather with the background against which the murder takes place. Unlike previous books I felt I understood who must be the murder not because of painstakingly distributed clues. Marsh paints her characters and interactions more carefully and more believably than in many of her books. The exception, in my opinion, is the portrait of the character to actually commits the murder. In that case either Marsh felt she could not more clearly paint his/her portrait without giving the conclusion away or because she herself finds it difficult to get inside the mind of such a murderer.Marsh so clearly enjoyed writing about actors and the theater that one wonders if she was dissuaded by her publishers from doing so and therefore found herself forced to place murders within theaters and the theater community in order to write about what she found most interesting.