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The president of a new republic is planning a good-will mission to England, and someone wants to add murder to his itinerary.
"Five Days Out of Time..." ... that was how the ad had described the Zodiac cruise on the "weirdly misted" English river. The passengers were the usual, unusual lot: a couple of unpleasantly hygienic Americans, an aloof Ethiopian doctor, a snooping cleric with a wall-eye, an artist running away from her success ... But they were not all what they seemed. For Inspector Alleyn knew that one of them was the faceless "Jampot"-the ruthless killer who could take on any personality, whose thumb was a deadly weapon. The problem was, which one! Alleyn had five days to trap him, or the other passengers would pay with their lives-and one of those passengers was Alleyn's wife! "WITH DEVILISH CUNNING MISS MARSH HIDES THE IDENTITY OF THE MASTER MISCREANT UNTIL VIRTUALLY THE LAST PAGE!"
Four quarrelsome patriots get 'spy fever' and their amateurish efforts result in a murder that Inspector Alleyn investigates.
The telephone rang. It was at Miss Emily's elbow. She said, "T'ch!" and picked it up. "Yes? Are you there?" she asked. A treble voice, audible to everybody in the room, asked: "Be that Miss Emily Pride?" "Speaking." "You leave us be, Miss Emily Pride, or the Lady will get you. You'll be dead as a stone, Miss Emily Pride." "Who is that?" The telephone clicked and began to give the dial tone.
It was to be a grand house party thrown by a jaded millionaire, but murder threw a damper on it, so Inspector Roderick Alleyn received a late invitation.
Peregrine crossed the lane and entered the portico of his theatre. He looked at the framed notice: Dolphin Theatre Reopening Shortly Under New Management. It hung immediately under the tatter of a Victorian playbill that he had seen on his first remarkable visit.
At a special monthly service of one of the strange sects in London, Cara Quayne was chosen to drink the wine of ecstasy. An Inspector Alleyn mystery.
Inspector Alleyn of Scotland Yard is confronted with a case that forces him to learn about English folk dancing.
A missing member of Parliament is found dead, pressed in a bale of wool, and a year later, Inspector Roderick Alleyn receives a desperate plea...
Inspector Alleyn investigates a bizarre gift which turned a birthday into a death-day for a popular London actress.
Marsh's 30th novel to feature Roderick Alleyn. Here a hypochondriac rests in the country but an innocuous cure spirals to a fatal climax.
Inspector Roderick Alleyn must query the guests of an outrageous party, after a well-known barrister is murdered in a particularly brutal fashion.
Inspector Alleyn's novelist son Ricky thought he had inherited none of his father's detecting powers. Writing was his forte.
The perfect theater production, the perfect mood, but one night the claymore swings and the dummy's head is more than real... Luckily Detective Alleyn is in the audience.
The murder game seemed like fun at a high society house party, but when one of the guests turned up dead, Inspector Alleyn investigated.
The novels are: Scales of Justice, Death of a Fool, Tied Up in Tinsel, Grave Mistake, and Photo Finish.
In the make-believe world of the theater, Inspector Alleyn deals with the stark reality of murder and recasts the players in a deadly drama.
Inspector Alleyn goes to a storm-ridden island where he confronts a murdered soprano's flamboyant past and delves into an ancient blood feud.
Just as Rose Cartarette and Dr. Lacklander decide to become engaged, Sir Harold Lacklander dies. He turns his revised memoirs over to Col. Cartarette on his deathbed. The Lacklander family is frantic to stop Col. Cartarette from publishing them, which he maintains he is honor- and duty-bound to do. He is stopped when he is found murdered. Chief Inspector Alleyn of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. Suspects include George Lacklander, new head of the family, Octavius Danberry-Phinn, owner of many cats, who has had differences with the colonel over fishing rights leased from the Lacklander family, with whom Phinn also is not at ease, a retired Naval commander who gets drunk and indulges in archery, Kitty Cartarette, the wife of the colonel, and Lady Lacklander, whose shooting stick and rag with blood on it are found near the scene.
Mrs Alleyn is painting the portrait of the host of a Christmas house-party, with a variety of interesting guests, and a staff of convicted murderers. There is trouble, and Inspector Alleyn is called in to investigate.