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E excitement proves too heady and his decapitiation turns the fertility rite into a pageant of death Now Inspector Roderick Alleyn must penetrate not only th This is the nineteenth Roderick Alleyn novel in what is a slightly infuriating series If any author could be called inconsistent often brilliant but too often banal then Marsh is that author Some of her mysteries are fantastic and there have been many that I have really enjoyed However this book published in 1957 feels to be almost written by rote We have a small village a winter solstice and bizarrely morris dancing Add a stereotypical German folk specialist a pair of lovers with of course objections to their being together a group of bizarre villagers all with their allegiances secretsmotives and customs and then of course it all ends in murder So we have a brief lead up the crime then Alleyn and Fox uestion everyone finishing in a recreation of events and the murderer is unearthed All rather formulaic but I will read on as sometimes she could be brilliant

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E mysteries of folklore but the secrets and sins of an eccentric group who include a surly blacksmith a domineering dowager and a not so simple village idiot Ngaio Marsh in the second of her mysteries I have read shows herself to be a master of human observation Marsh combines that with the ability to describe her well drawn characters using humor and engaging them actions that hint at the psychology underneathThe murder mystery is a perfect genre for someone able to portray the smallest ripples of emotion and perception One of these characters is capable of murder In this mystery she has her detective Alleyn say Motive I detest motive Often many people have a motive but which one is off the rails enough to take a life In addition to her character skills Marsh sets this mystery deep in the rural north of England and we get to see what village life was truly like there not long after WWII Great book Oil Painting include a surly blacksmith a domineering dowager and a not so simple village Putins Russia idiot Ngaio Marsh Seducida (Esclava victoriana, in the second of her mysteries I have read shows herself to be a master of human observation Marsh combines that with the ability to describe her well drawn characters using humor and engaging them actions that hint at the psychology underneathThe murder mystery Essential Juices and Smoothies is a perfect genre for someone able to portray the smallest ripples of emotion and perception One of these characters Buttermilk Graffiti is capable of murder In this mystery she has her detective Alleyn say Motive I detest motive Often many people have a motive but which one Vengeance Road (Torpedo Ink is off the rails enough to take a life In addition to her character skills Marsh sets this mystery deep Pantaleon y Las Visitadoras in the rural north of England and we get to see what village life was truly like there not long after WWII Great book

Ngaio Marsh É 7 Summary

A ritual dance becomes a murderous mamboAt the winter solstice South Mardian's swordsmen weave their blades in an ancient ritual dance But for one of them th I am in the midst of a job change therefore not feeling up to reading anything heavy Fortunately I was able to pick up a few mysteries the old fashioned English ones where the murder takes place at a country mansion and everyone including the police treat it as a sort of intellectual puzzle rather than the gory and gritty American police procedurals to help me through this periodNgaio Marsh is one of those elderly English lady writers well she s a New Zealander but English in spirit for whom murder is the perfect afternoon cup of tea like Agatha Christie Dorothy Sayers and P D James Her sleuth Inspector Roderick Alleyn is however much conventional than your usual eccentric detective he also does not keep everything close to his chest until the final reveal That said he is a sharp individual and his detection process is as engrossing as any of the othersIn the village of South Mardian the Dance of the Five Sons is performed at winter solstice a leftover from a pagan past In this mumming play the father the fool is beheaded by his sons and resurrected miraculously at the end while a hobby horse called Crack and a hermaphroditic figure named Betty prance around Here the father is played by the village blacksmith William Andersen popularly known as The Guiser and the five sons are all played by his own sons The Betty is the local clergyman s son Ralph Stein and Crack is Simon Begg son of the grocer turned petrol station owner The village doctor Otterly plays the fiddle and the whole drama is enacted on the grounds of the Mardian Castle in front of the redoubtable nonagenarian Dame Alice Mardian To spice things up there is also Camilla Campion the pretty daughter of William Andersen s prodigal daughter and the love interest of Ralph and Mrs Bunz the German immigrant folklorist who is an unwelcome intruder on the scene The dance goes on as planned until the very last scene when the supposed resurrection does not take place On closer examination they find that the old man has really been decapitatedOf course it seems that almost everyone has a motive for murder The prime suspect is Ernie the Guiser s last son who is not uite right in the head his dad has killed his old dog the previous day and prevented him from enacting the coveted role of the fool by refusing to step aside But then Ralph also has a motive as the old man was dead against his marrying his granddaughter His son Chris in love with the pub owner s daughter Trixie also has a grouse against his father as he is against the match And lastly Simon Begg can also be added to the list of suspects because he wanted to convert the smithy into a garage cum service station to which idea the sons are amenable but the blacksmith dead againstEnter Roderick Alleyn As mysteries go this is only average I guessed half of it but the way the murder happened was a surprise and on hindsight entirely logical and possible But as I said earlier it is indeed a pleasure to read these cosy whodunits the writing is fluent and beautiful the English of a bygone era no four letter words sprinkled about the characters sympathetically and humorously portrayed and the story perfectly planned and rounded offRecommended for all classic mystery lovers


10 thoughts on “Off with His Head

  1. says:

    I am in the midst of a job change therefore not feeling up to reading anything heavy Fortunately I was able to pick up a few mysteries the old fashioned English ones where the murder takes place at a country mansion and everyone including the police treat it as a sort of intellectual puzzle rather than the gory and gritty American police procedurals to help me through this periodNgaio Marsh is one of those elderly English lady w

  2. says:

    In this 19th book in the 'Roderick Alleyn' series the British detective investigates the death of a folk dancer The book can be read as a standaloneIn the English village of South Mardian the winter solstice is marked by a complex ritual dance performed solely by men This year not long after WW II the major participants in the dance are the

  3. says:

    An entertaining read Morris dancing with a twistAnnually in the depths of winter in a remote English village the Dance of

  4. says:

    This is the nineteenth Roderick Alleyn novel in what is a slightly infuriating series If any author could be called inconsistent – often brilliant but too often banal then Marsh is that author Some of her mysteries are fantastic and there have been many that I have really enjoyed However this book published in

  5. says:

    My favourite Ngaio Marsh story is the one that does not involve the theatre or New Zealand Death of a Fool is set in a snowy English village h

  6. says:

    Just ok 2 stars on my personal scale I listened to this one on Audible and although Nadia May is usually a favorite narrator the rural accents of some characters were almost unintelligible and the constant descriptions of folk dances

  7. says:

    Ngaio Marsh in the second of her mysteries I have read shows herself to be a master of human observation Marsh combines that with the ability to describe her well drawn characters using humor and engaging them actions that hint at the psychology underneathThe murder mystery is a perfect genre for someone able to portray the smallest ripples

  8. says:

    Part of the enjoyment of this book was not only the excellent descriptions but the historical information regarding some of the ancient English folk dances and traditions occurring around the Christmas seasoning Marsh also presents material that would suggest that Shakespeare incorporated some of the folk themes

  9. says:

    Set in 1950s Britain an annual ritual dance held on the winter solstice The winter solstice is nearing and South Mardian is preparing for its local mummery play that the community has held on Sword Wednesday for centuries passing along the music and dance Dame Alice Mardian is greatly displeased by the presence of an outsider Mrs B

  10. says:

    At this point in my rereading of Marsh I realize that I am having trouble seeing the books as they were received when first written and published This particular story bothered me particularly for a number of reasonsFirst Marsh's book

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