The Crime was committed on stage at the Unicorn Theatre, when an unloaded gun fired a very real bullet; the Victim was Arthur Surbonadier, an actor clawing his way to stardom using blackmail instead of talent; the Suspects included two unwilling girlfriends and several relieved blackmail victims.
The stage was set for one of Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn's most baffling cases.
About the Author
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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Comments about Enter a Murderer:
Ngaio Marsh at her best. Her hero Inspector Alleyn is not all together lovable but he and his sidekicks deliver a highly readable book. Another in the series of Alleyn mysteries. Plot takes a twist with lots of suspects and many motives but is led to a very satisfactory conclusion.
First American appearance of another episode in Inspector Allyn's crime file. This has to do with theater, actors, scandal and drugs. First dealer a nasty piece of business whom the whole case and producer had reason to hate. Alleyn finesses information leading to second deader and a stage set for catching the killer. Slick but slim. (Kirkus Reviews)
Number Of Pages: 191
Published: 1st August 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 20.599 x 15.519 x 2.819
Weight (kg): 0.136