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A country house murder, artistic insight and the post-war reunion of Alleyn and Troy combine in Ngaio Marsh's wittiest and most readable novel. Agatha Troy, world famous portrait painter, is inveigled into accepting a commission to paint the 70-year-old Sir Henry Ancred, Bart., the Grand Old Man of the stage. But just as she has completed her portrait, the old actor dies. The dramatic circumstances of his death are such that Scotland Yard is called in - in the person of Troy's long-absent husband, Chief Detective-Inspector Roderick Alleyn...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780006512417
ISBN-10: 0006512410
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 16-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » Agatha Troy, as a guest of the Ancreds, the British Barrymores, witnesses the best of all the Ancred performances- if unrehearsed- as a murder is committed, and family curdles are momentarily forgotten in concentrating on the conviction of a woman of ill-repute and a bad actress. Her murder brings in Chief Inspector Alleyn who before long overcomes obstacles, bays the murderer. Clever, caricatural, this provides many mental moments of entertainment. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Ngaio Marsh

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 she received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.

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