One of Ngaio Marsh's most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion...
Dame Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand in 1895 and died in February 1982. She wrote over 30 detective novels and many of her stories have theatrical settings, for Ngaio Marsh's real passion was the theatre. She was both actress and producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre. It was for this work that the received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.
'Marsh moves into top gear.' Susan Howatch 'The queen of the straight crime novel -- long may she reign!' Sunday Times 'I rate Ngaio Marsh's novels among the best in this genre, having read and re-read them many times over the years.' Joan Hickson 'The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.' The Sun
A Roderick Alleyn story, in Peter Wimsey vein. First rate yarn, with unusual set-up in murder of artist model in view of whole class, everyone of whom is suspect, and most of whom had the opportunity. Clues point hither and yon, but most of them to one man - who is found murdered also. There's a romance throughout - and good background stuff. A sloppy piece of editing and proof-reading keep it out of the top class. (Kirkus Reviews)
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