This book was written in 1937. It is an Inspector Roderick Alleyn mystery. It takes place in New Zealand. An English touring company celerbrates a birthday with a jeroboam of champagne. A limited cast of clearly drawn characters makes an interesting police procedural.
Inspector Alleyn is "down under" during the war years. He's called upon to solve a murder at the theater. Ngaio Marsh always has rich characters, wonderful locales and lots of suspense when Alleyn is on the job.