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{Free Summary} Off with His Head By Ngaio Marsh

CHARACTERS Off with His Head

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 Kingdom of Ash Throne of Glass 7 one Imagine Me of them th. I am in the midst Beyond Temptation of a job change therefore not feeling up to reading anything heavy Fortunately I was able to pick up a few mysteries the Past Due Debt Collection old fashioned English Die Visioene Van Johanna Brandt ones where the murder takes place at a country mansion and everyone including the police treat it as a sort The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline of intellectual puzzle rather than the gory and gritty American police procedurals to help me through this periodNgaio Marsh is Where I’m Calling From one The Accidental Activist of those elderly English lady writers well she s a New Zealander but English in spirit for whom murder is the perfect afternoon cup Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions 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

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Off with His Head

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. 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 didn t make sense I don t know if reading the book would ve helped me to make sense or be interestedI found it interesting once the murder occurred during a performance of a folk dance and Inspector Alleyn and crew arrived to investigate Then i5 became rather obvious who the killer was and I skimmed the last few chapters to the end Some interesting characters but this one really didn t hold my interest

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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. 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 in his King Lear Marsh s knowledge of theatre was also very helpful Spelling Strategies & Secrets: The essential how to spell guide of folklore but the secrets and sins Kingdom of Ash Throne of Glass 7 of an eccentric group who include a surly blacksmith a domineering dowager and a not so simple village idiot. Part Imagine Me of the enjoyment Beyond Temptation of this book was not Past Due Debt Collection only the excellent descriptions but the historical information regarding some Die Visioene Van Johanna Brandt of the ancient English folk dances and traditions The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline occurring around the Christmas seasoning Marsh also presents material that would suggest that Shakespeare incorporated some Where I’m Calling From of the folk themes in his King Lear Marsh s knowledge The Accidental Activist of theatre was also very helpful


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 p

  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

  3. says:

    An entertaining read Morris dancing with a twistAnnually in the depths of winter in a remote English village the Dance of the five sons is performed on Sword Wednesday during the Winter Solstice It has been performed for hundreds of years The key characters in the dance are The Fool The Hobbyhorse and The teaser called BettyMrs Bunz an eccentric German folklorist turns up at Mardian Castle wanting to witness th

  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 1957 feels to be almost written by rote We have a small village a winter solstice and – bizarrely – morris dancing Add a ste

  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 holding out against the 20th century It could easily be silly but Ngaio Marsh is far too good a writer to slip into that error The story has a village smithy a mediæval folk dance eccentric gentry a village natural and an artsy German folklorist doing a wonderful imitation of the modern o

  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 didn’t make sense I don’t know if reading the book would’ve helped me to make sense or be interestedI found it interesting once the murder occurred during a performance of a

  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 psycholo

  8. says:

    Part of the enjoyment of this book was not only the excellent descriptions but the historical information regarding some

  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 p

  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 books continue to be painfully class ridden Members of the gentry are well educated speak standard English and e

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