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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

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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 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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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 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 the secretive annual folk dance She is given short thrift by 94 year old Dame Alice an eccentric snobbish lady of the manor The dance is performed by miserly and bad tempered William Andersen the local blacksmith with his five sons Dan Andy Ned Chris and slightly mad Ernie During the dance Andersen is found dead in gruesome circumstances Superintendent Alleyn arrives with the faithful Fox There are a lot of motives Tension between Ernie and his father over the playing of the fool and a dead dog Beggs an ex RAF pilot running a failing business and wanting the Smithy for a new service station Class snobbery between different families and the eccentric Mrs Buntz going to any lengths to discover the de rests of the dance All in all a humorous and well crafted story with a god ending with the reconstruction of the dance and the role of the Hobby horse and Betty must investigate village tensions and reconstruct the dance itself in order to uncover the murderer


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 e

  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 stand

  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

  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

  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 imita

  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

  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 a

  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 in his

  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 a

  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 publish

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