Death and the Dancing Footman Author:Ngaio Marsh NGAIO MARSH — At Upland Manor, as the snow blanketed the lovely Dorset countryside, Jonathan Royal gleefully prepared for a weekend house party. He had chosen his guests with exquisite care: among them were rivals in love, relatives who cordially detested one another, and business enemies. To a bored, wealthy man who fancied himself a student of ... more »human relationships, it was an amusing experiment, a stimulating game.
But within forty-eight hours the joke had worn thin. The quiet and isolated manor had witnessed an attempted drowning, a brutal killing, and a tragic and inexplicable suicide.
The brilliant Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard and his able assistant, Fox, arrived on the scene too late to stop the killing. But not too late for Alleyn to sift the evidence, untangle the skein of puzzling events and reveal the curcial errors of a diabolical killer.« less