Swing Brother Swing by Ngaio Marsh
This is all about a murder that seems to be carried out in plain sight. Everyone at the theatre saw saw Lord Pastern fire the revolver, but was it that which killed our victim. What is uncovered by inspector Alleyn is a matrix of blackmail, drug addiction and jealously making the obvious not quite so likely.
The actual method of murder, seems quite bizarre to us know, though probably at the time of writing (1949) would be quite common. What the book does is challenge the obvious at every level, and questions the process of taking things for granted. I will admit that I did not guess how the murder was carried out or by whom. This was a good story which we listened to as an audio book. Working through the plot took a fair degree of concentration so much so that the story had to be turned off when we got to any built up areas as needed the concentration for the road. Still that being said it help pass away a couple hundred miles in the car.
This was book 6 week 3 fiction 6 (3 on audio) non fiction 0
Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh
This is a Roderick Alleyn Mystery – though he is in disguise until almost the end of the book. The plot is fairly unbelievable, but it was good fun and made a light hearted read. All about spies, bullion, and assorted exiles in the back of beyond in New Zealand. The murderer uses boiling hot mud pools to kill – and no-one seems to be guilty.
Other reviews state that this is one of Ngaio Marsh's best written novels. Having not read many others I could not say, but I did enjoy it.
This is book 43, week 33 read novels 30, poetry 1, study 2, audio 10.
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