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Artists in Crime (Roderick Alleyn, Bk 6)
Artists in Crime - Roderick Alleyn, Bk 6
Author: Ngaio Marsh
The art of detection gets clouded by desire. — It was a bizarre pose for beautiful model Sonia Gluck -- and her last. For in the draperies of her couch lay a fatal dagger, and behind her murder lies all the intrigue and acid-etched temperament of an artist's colony. Called in to investigate, Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alley...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780515063417
ISBN-10: 051506341X
Publication Date: 11/15/1982
Pages: 245
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Jove
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Artists in Crime (Roderick Alleyn, Bk 6) on + 105 more book reviews
It was such a pleasure to read one of Marsh's mysteries again. I first read these when I was in my teens and was struck by the development of the characters, especially of detective Roderick Alleyn. It was a further pleasure to discover that this is the book when Alleyn meets Agatha Troy, artist.

The two first meet on a cruise, and there is awkwardness on both sides. Later, when both are home and a murder happens in Troy's studio, Alleyn realizes he has not forgotten the artist.

It is something of a classic mystery, with a set of suspects, almost a locked-room situation, so the detective and his trusty Fox focus on the students who were living at the studio. When I read this I had to remember that many of these detective stories from the 30s-50s take place in old British manor houses, houses with many bedrooms and with servants. So it is here. Plenty of room for everyone.

The victim is a live model, killed in a way that limits the number of suspects considerably. But there are always possibilities that someone is not telling the truth and is thus messing up the timeline.

While investigating the murder, Alleyn makes some efforts to be professional yet not unapproachable to Troy. In this he mostly does not succeed. She misreads his signals and he hers. It is rather classic in that respect as well.

Overall, satisfying and, for me, does not suffer from its age.
reviewed Artists in Crime (Roderick Alleyn, Bk 6) on + 133 more book reviews
Roderick Alleyn, a famous invertigator from Scotland Yard, is called to the scene of a murder involving a model for an art class at the home of painter Agatha Troy, an artist he has just met and who has almost captured his heart! A must-read-to-the-end to solve this one!
reviewed Artists in Crime (Roderick Alleyn, Bk 6) on + 157 more book reviews
Alleyne becomes acquainted with Troy in this book. One of my favorites.
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Murder in an artists colony...unusual characters...