Off with His Head - The Crime club Author:Ngaio Marsh Pagan revelry and morris dancing in the middle of a very cold winter set the scene for one of Ngaio Marsh's most fascinating murder mysteries. When the pesky Anna Bunz arrives at Mardian to investigate the rare survival of folk-dancing still practised there, she quickly antagonizes the villagers. But Mrs Bunz is not the only source of friction ... more »-- two of the other enthusiasts are also spoiling for a fight. When the sword dancers' traditional mock beheading of the Winter Solstice becomes horribly real, Superintendent Roderick Alleyn finds himself faced with a case of great complexity and of gruesome proportions...« less
"Someone's added a new flourish to South Mardian's annual sword dance. One of the dancers in the performance has been neatly decapitated. But was it murder? or magic? In a village so totally populated by eccentrics, anything is believable and everyone's a suspect. Scotland Yards Inspector Alleyn has to perform some nimble steps of his own to crack this bizarre case"
If you love mysteries, and especially do not want to have to worry about profanity and sex, this series by Ngaio Marsh featuring Inspector Alleyn is not to be missed. She is almost as good a writer as Agatha Christie! You will love this book so much that you will want to read all of them I am sure!