Overture to Death Library Edition Author:Ngaio Marsh Amateur actors set the stage for murder... — Who in the quiet village of Chipping would kill wealthy spinster Idris Campanula? Plenty of people, among them her fellow cast members from a troubled charity production. Miss Campanula was a spiteful gossip, gleefully destroying others' lives merely for her won excitement. But once Inspector Roderick ... more »Alleyn arrives, he quickly realizes that the murderer might have killed the wrong woman-and may soon stage a repeat performance...« less
This series is for when you have the time to read about a world that is living at a different pace. The luxuary of all the wonderful details plus a police procedural exploring all the facts of the case. Wonderful. Two spinisters in a small village cause havoc and possibly murder.
This Inspector Alleyn mystery is full of interesting characters. One of the things I like about Ngaio Marsh's peripheral characters, is that they sometimes reappear, maybe years later, in some capacity with regard to a new mystery. Alleyn returns to a remote village to visit friends made in a prior episode. Marsh's rich characters and interesting storyline take the suspense to the end.