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Tied Up in Tinsel (Roderick Alleyn, Bk 27)
Tied Up in Tinsel - Roderick Alleyn, Bk 27 Author:Ngaio Marsh A Christmas pageant turns unholy. — Holed up at Hilary Bill-Tasman's manor estate for Christmas, Troy Alleyn is to paint the man's portrait and, while she's there, view the Druid Christmas pageant. Along with a pack of eccentric guests, Troy enjoys the festivities -- until one of the pageant's players mysteriously disappears into ... more »the snowy night. Did the hired help -- each a paroled murderer from the nearby prison -- have a deadly hand in this Christmas conundrum? Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to join his wife in finding the lost man -- and unraveling the glaring truth from the glittering tinsel.« less
Troy Alleyn is finishing a portrait in the country during the Christmas holidays while her husband is finishing a case abroad. Her host (and subject)is a wealthy and eccentric man with an odd idea about rehabilitating ex-convicts (one-time murderers) and employing them as house staff. After some mysterious mishaps that point to each of the ex-cons as the culprit, one of the houseguests'servants goes missing during the Christmas show. As Inspector Alleyn returns home, he finds that Troy's host has requested for Alleyn to solve the mystery. A lot of unusual characters!