Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Death of a Peer

I've seen some of the Inspector Alleyn Mystery episodes, but I don't recall having read any of Ngaio Marsh's books. Death of a Peer was an interesting read. I liked the way the characters were introduced and developed -we first see Alleyn towards the end of Chapter 7. The plot moves along nicely with some twists and turns and a bit of witchcraft to add an eerie tone. Alleyn is strictly a down-to-earth detective and cuts to the heart of the matter with ease.

from the back of the book:

The Lampreys were a charming, eccentric, happy-go-lucky family, teetering on the edge of financial ruin. Until the gruesome murder of their uncle-an 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...

Death of a Peer is on the list of 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's online members.


  1. The suave Inspector Alleyn was always one of my favourites. Right up there with Morse and Sherlock in fact. Ed - The Music Man

  2. I got to know Alleyn and Morse from their tv shows, so when I read the books I always picture them as they appeared on screen. I wonder how I would picture them if my first exposure had been from the books.