Death in a White Tie

Death in a White Tie Ah the London Debutante Season Giggles and tea dances white dresses and inappropriate romances And much too much champagne And apparently a blackmailer which is where Inspector Roderick Alleyn co

  • Title: Death in a White Tie
  • Author: Ngaio Marsh
  • ISBN: 9781937384302
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ah, the London Debutante Season Giggles and tea dances, white dresses and inappropriate romances And much too much champagne And, apparently, a blackmailer, which is where Inspector Roderick Alleyn comes in The social whirl is decidedly not Alleyn s environment, so he brings in an assistant in the form of Lord Bunchy Gospell, everybody s favorite uncle Bunchy is Ah, the London Debutante Season Giggles and tea dances, white dresses and inappropriate romances And much too much champagne And, apparently, a blackmailer, which is where Inspector Roderick Alleyn comes in The social whirl is decidedly not Alleyn s environment, so he brings in an assistant in the form of Lord Bunchy Gospell, everybody s favorite uncle Bunchy is than loveable he s also got some serious sleuthing skills But before he can unmask the blackmailer, a murder is announced And everyone suddenly stops giggling.

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    1. Ngaio Marsh

      Dame Ngaio Marsh, born Edith Ngaio Marsh, was a New Zealand crime writer and theatre director There is some uncertainty over her birth date as her father neglected to register her birth until 1900, but she was born in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.Of all the Great Ladies of the English mystery s golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L Sayers, Ngaio Marsh alone survived to publish in the 1980s Over a fifty year span, from 1932 to 1982, Marsh wrote thirty two classic English detective novels, which gained international acclaim She did not always see herself as a writer, but first planned a career as a painter.Marsh s first novel, A MAN LAY DEAD 1934 , which she wrote in London in 1931 32, introduced the detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn a combination of Sayers s Lord Peter Wimsey and a realistically depicted police official at work Throughout the 1930s Marsh painted occasionally, wrote plays for local repertory societies in New Zealand, and published detective novels In 1937 Marsh went to England for a period Before going back to her home country, she spent six months travelling about Europe All her novels feature British CID detective Roderick Alleyn Several novels feature Marsh s other loves, the theatre and painting A number are set around theatrical productions Enter a Murderer, Vintage Murder, Overture to Death, Opening Night, Death at the Dolphin, and Light Thickens , and two others are about actors off stage Final Curtain and False Scent Her short story I Can Find My Way Out is also set around a theatrical production and is the earlier Jupiter case referred to in Opening Night Alleyn marries a painter, Agatha Troy, whom he meets during an investigation Artists in Crime , and who features in several later novels.Series Roderick Alleyn

    533 thoughts on “Death in a White Tie”

    1. Description: The season had begun. Debutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas and balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn knew that something was up."youtube/watch?v=raP7USometimes a Golden Age whodunnit is my only weakness.3* A Man Lay Dead (Roderick Alleyn, #1)2* Enter a Murderer (Roderick Alleyn, #2)3* The Nursing Home Murder (Roderick Alleyn, #3)WL Death in Ecstasy (Roderick Alleyn, #4)WL Vinta [...]


    2. Death in a White Tie is a reread for me. I discovered Ngaio Marsh back at my hometown Carnegie Library (more moons ago than we need to count) and I promptly read through all the Marsh books they had. Later, about twenty years ago, I read some of them again and Death in a White Tie was one simply because it's one of my favorites. There are so many things I enjoy about this tale of murder and blackmail amongst the London Society at the height of the Season--from the witty dialogue, to the scenes a [...]


    3. Death in a White Tie was a very pleasant surprise for me. I've read three other Marsh mysteries, and found them dull and blandly written. I had this on my shelf, and thought I'd start it, give it my usual 50 pages, then get rid of it. I was hooked, however, because of how vividly the fictional world is imagined. The victim is a truly interesting, sympathetic character, and I experienced real outrage and puzzlement at his demise. I felt I had a vested interest in accompanying the detective, Roder [...]


    4. As we continue our survey of the books of Ngaio Marsh, we get to what is perhaps my favorite book, 1938’s Death in a White Tie. Someone has been actively blackmailing socialites amid those “doing the season,” when debutantes go to balls to look for a husband. Detective Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn seeks out the help of Lord Robert “Bunchy” Gospell, who has helped Scotland Yard in the past, to help him find the culprit. Bunchy, around the age of 50, is popular with everyone of all ag [...]


    5. I think this is the first Alleyn mystery where I genuinely felt for the victim, which helped greatly in my enjoyment of the story. It's the first one where you spend part of the book following the victim closely, too, and where Alleyn has personal feelings on the matter, both of which I think are relevant. I know that the trope of the personally involved detective can be exasperating -- and Alleyn even refers to it, in one of those unsubtle bits of meta -- but at least it's another way for the r [...]


    6. I listened to Benedict Cumberbatch's reading of this book, so I don't know if it counts as my reading. My full intention was to enjoy BC's voice, but I end up very absorbed in the story. Traditional (Agatha, Troy) style mystery, upper-class setting, sympathetic characters and amusing tone. Engaging but not heavy.


    7. Adoro estes policiais de época, onde não existia DNA e laboratórios criminais, o desfecho para mim foi inesperado, e gostei muito.Será suficiente dizer que li no 1º dia +/-50 páginas, no 2ºe 3º não li (com uma grande constipação e febre) e depois acabei o livro de uma assentada?Genial


    8. I never used to read mysteries. Several years ago, my (now-retired) librarian friend pointed out mysteries-as-literature to me, and I started right in. Switching between some contemporary mystery authors and some from the "golden age' of mystery-writing, I find that I do have a few favorite authors, and Ngaio Marsh is one of them.Who could have possibly wanted to harm Lord Robert Gospell? Introduced to the reader as a mild, well-liked, kind gentleman, he is also much more 'with it' than many rea [...]


    9. This is the seventh novel of the Roderick Alleyn series and it was first published in 1938. This series comprises a total of 32 books.Roderick Alleyn belongs firmly in the "Golden Age of Detective Fiction" which is a type of fiction which was predominant in the 1920s and 1930s. According to Wiki, "many of the authors of the Golden Age were British: Margery Allingham (1904–1966), Anthony Berkeley (aka Francis Iles, 1893–1971), Agatha Christie (1890–1976), Freeman Wills Crofts (1879–1957), [...]


    10. I would say this is my favourite Marsh mystery so far as it was a quick and delightful read. I think I prefer Marsh to Christie because the story tends to elaborate more on the victim and suspects than around the detective/snoop. Detective Alleyn and his friends and family are central to the stories but as a nice aside unlike Christie's Hercule etc. Where a single character tends to dominate.If you're a Ngaio fan I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this as the characters are engaging and the mystery ha [...]


    11. When someone in the 1930's said they were "coming out" (as they do on the first page of the book), it was a very different type of "out" than we might think of today. In the 30's, of course, in Britain, it was young women coming out into society, and how grueling it must have been. Alleyn knows several of the people who become suspects, and one of his good friends meets an untimely death, causing real anguish to Alleyn. And again as the series moves forward, Alleyn becomes more human and persona [...]


    12. First Ngaio Marsh read and it was a blessed surprise. Roderick Alleyn is a Scotland Yard detective and thus an entirely different sort from Holmes/Father Brown/Lord Peter/any of the other classic I'm-smart-and-I-do-my-own-thing types, but I enjoyed him/his approach immensely. Heartstrings are tugged when a) the victim is a close friend of Alleyn's, and b) Alleyn struggles with his feelings for Troy [who I liked a great deal]. Overall, a great read.[Audiobook read by Benedict Cumberbatch. Amen.]


    13. There's an interesting juxtaposition in this book between Alleyn's upper-classness and his awareness of people who don't quite fit in, like the embarrassed secretary and the young Jewish girl who is hating her experience of being thrust onto the London season. Of course, it's a demonstration of Alleyn's empathy and good breeding, but the reader may feel just a little uncomfortable at his well-bred pity.Reasonably good narrator.


    14. One of my favorite Marsh's and one of the rare times a murder mystery has left me with an itch over loss the victim long after the book is done. Lord Robert is so finely, lovingly crafted a character that when his light goes out the reader grieves him. Marsh was a master of her craft.



    15. I will admit that the original purpose of choosing this particular book was because the audio version had an amazing narrator, Benedict Cumberbatch. While it is true that I swoon at the sound of his voice, he also happens to have a wonderful talent for reading. I especially enjoy that he does voices. Listening to the audiobook was more like listening to a radio show done by many people and less like a book being read by one man. As someone who has a hard time staying interested in one thing for [...]


    16. It's probably unfair that I swallow Sayers' tortured lovers and strain at Alleyn and Troy. There's striking similarity in the way the pairs are covered. Older bachelors assured and dominant in the rest of life, they turn to jello at the feet of their respective prickly artistic dark mistresses. Both run to their lady mothers for encouragement. Alleyn unfortunately doesn't have the charisma to pull it off, and he utters lines so stiff even Mr Darcy would blush. "What is this intolerable love that [...]


    17. I first came across the author's books in the early 1960s and I think I have read most of them, some of them several times. I think I have read this one before but if I had I did not remember it. It was first published in 1938 and is a bit of a period piece but has a great deal of charm. Unlike Agatha Christie, and perhaps Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh was happy to write about posh people whilst also poking fun at them. By no means her best story but definitely worth a read.I read this in the omni [...]


    18. Typical Marsh: well-done social observation (albeit among aristocratic twits) for first quarter, followed by interminable, dull who-was-where-when interrogations of too many suspects led by the colorless and bland aristocrat-policeman Alleyn. The victim is a well drawn character the reader genuinely comes to like, yet the unmasking of his murderer when it comes is surprisingly anticlimactic and noncathartic. Unconvincing love scenes between Alleyn and Agatha Troy.


    19. Typical Marsh Inspector Roderick Allen of Scotland Yard mystery. One of her earlier ones written in the late 1930's. Plot involves black mail, murder, and associated relationship problems involving the British upper class. There are many issues which need to be resolved in order to solve the mysterywhich leads to many twists.


    20. So, so great. Practically the perfect murder mystery -- intricately plotted, beautifully told, and peopled with quirky, funny, interesting characters. The only flaw is the romance subplot, which was pretty bad. Not as unbearable as Lord Peter and Harriet Vane mind you, but very nearly.


    21. Only my second book in this series but it's better than the first one I read. I liked this debutante setting and the characters, I think it would be rather hard not to like Roderick's mother, she seems like a great lady.


    22. Excellent! The characters in this one are great. You really should read the book before this one to appreciate it.


    23. Excelente! Para Mim que sou uma Fã de Policiais este Livro foi uma Agradável Suspresa. Gostei Imenso. E Não, eu Não consegui descobrir quem era o Assassino :(


    24. I really enjoyed this one with its unusual setting in high society and the hypocrisy of the whole debutante system. I think this is the best Marsh book I've read so far.




    25. Lord knows I love a bit of Dotty L Sayers, but what do you do when you've almost read all her golden age crime novels and she's been dead for 60 years?Fortunately the second hand book shops of Blighty seem to be replete with fellow Queen of Crime, Dame Ngaio Marsh's Inspector Alleyn series. Handily enough usually in Green Penguin format, and even better, pretty much a carbon of the Wimsey format, only seen through the prisim of Dame Ngaio's less-than-effusive Kiwi upbringing. It's flipping brill [...]


    26. Alleyn being human makes this one of my favourite Roderick Alleyns. I felt genuinely bad for Bunchie, and I didn't like any the suspects (All tiresome, either as stereotypical old people or stereotypical young people, or stereotypical middle aged people), which always puts me off a mystery, but I really enjoyed Alleyn in this story. Turns out the murderer is the least offensive person, which I actually did not anticipate this time around, but it was still quite a satisfying ending to the mystery [...]


    27. Shades of Dorothy Sayers and Sherlock Holmes with the gentleman detective using privilege to order the world to his advantage and contains the good hearted faithful inferiors who drive taxis for their superiors and holds them in high regard.An interesting sociological study of the last days of debutantes on the marriage market. The developing romance between Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn and Troy adds an extra dimension to an engaging story.


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