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...
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.
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)
Number Of Pages: 265
Published: 28th July 1999
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.710 x 13.005 x 1.803
Weight (kg): 0.182