Book review: Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh


Death in a White Tie (Roderick Alleyn, #7)Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the seventh novel of the Roderick Alleyn series and it was first published in 1938. This series comprises a total of 32 books.

Roderick Alleyn belongs firmly in the “Golden Age of Detective Fiction” which is a type of fiction which was predominant in the 1920s and 1930s.

According to Wiki, “many of the authors of the Golden Age were British: Margery Allingham (1904–1966), Anthony Berkeley (aka Francis Iles, 1893–1971), Agatha Christie (1890–1976), Freeman Wills Crofts (1879–1957), R. Austin Freeman (1862–1943), Michael Innes (1906–1993), Philip MacDonald (1900–1980), Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957), Josephine Tey (1896–1952), Anne Hocking (1890–1966), and many more. Ngaio Marsh (1895–1982) was from New Zealand, but her detective Roderick Alleyn was British. Georges Simenon was from Belgium and wrote in French. Some of them, such as John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen, and S. S. Van Dine, were American but had similar styles”.

The plot is about the murder of a British lord after a debutant’s party, with plenty of treachery, heiresses, gamblers, adulterers and blackmail.

A great and fast-paced story written by one of the writers who are considered as “Queen of Crime”.

A TV series Death in a White Tie (1993), produced by BBC, was made based on this book, with Patrick Malahide, Belinda Lang, William Simons.

4* A Man Lay Dead
4* Death in a White Tie
3* Death of a Peer
3* Death and the Dancing Footman
3* Night at the Vulcan
3* When in Rome
TBR Death at the Bar
TBR Dead Water
TBR Clutch of Constables

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