At first it looked as if Sybil Foster had committed suicide: with two husbands dead, a daughter marrying the wrong man and - it later appeared - a debilitating disease, it was no wonder she took her own life. But nobody believed she was the type - especially Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn.
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‘Splendid… intelligence, wit and sheer skill of storytelling.’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Marvellous… a really good book.’ Daily Mail
‘Irresistible… Grave Mistake is a superb book. It’s time to compare Agatha Christie to Ngaio Marsh instead of the other way around.’ New York Magazine
‘Ngaio Marsh fans will be in seventh heaven.’ New York Times
‘A brilliant traditional detective story by Dame Ngaio: two bodies in a grave, a stolen stamp, a suicide that wasn’t. Impossible to say much more without revealing the tell-tale clues so cleverly sown in our path.’ Evening Standard
‘Reading a Ngaio Marsh mystery is like being in the company of a gracious, spirited raconteur.’ Newsweek
‘Make no mistake – Grave Mistake is a classic in its field.’ New York Times Book Review
‘It’s a delight to commit oneself immediately, helplessly, to Ngaio Marsh’s deft hands … Typically, and delightfully, Dame Ngaio lays down any number of false scents and lisleading clues, but always plays fair … This queen of the straight crime novel has given us yet another flawless entertainment. Long may she reign.’ Jeremy Brooks, Sunday Times
‘A story that steps briskly, clothed every inch in felicitous prose. Yummy.’ H.R.F. Keating, The Times
‘She is still writing as engagingly and plotting as ingeniously as before.’ T.J. Binyon, TLS
‘Grave Mistake is a very good example of the classical detective story … It is one of the unforgivable literary sins to deny one’s pleasure. Hence I wish to state that this work gave me several hours of it.’ C.P. Snow, Financial Times
‘Elegant drama of modern village life by the most expert of old hands … Intelligence, observation, wit and sheer skill of story-telling as good as ever.’ Francis Goff, Sunday Telegraph
‘It is marvellous to find one of the best ever practitioners coming up with a really good book.’ A.D. Maclean, Daily Mail
‘Gracefully sculpted classic village whodunit … superb denouement.’ Northern Echo
‘She creates a situation rich in possibilities, develops it imaginatively, and lets her people react to its twists and changes completely naturally … even the red herrings have a life of their own.’ Oxford TimesFrom the Back Cover:
At first it looked as if Sybil Foster had intentionally left the world: with two husbands dead, a daughter marrying the wrong man and – it later appeared – a debilitating disease, it was no wonder she took her own life.
But no one believed she was the type – especially Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn. For the field was ripe with unfortunate engagements – one of them a very grave mistake…
'The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers'
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
'A brilliant traditional detective story by Dame Ngaio: two bodies in a grave, a stolen stamp, a suicide that wasn't. Impossible to say much more without revealing the telltale clues so cleverly sown in our path.'
'Splendid… intelligence, wit and sheer skill of storytelling.'
'The finest writer in the English language of the pure classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress'
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Book Description Collins, 1978. Book Condition: Fair. First Edition. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP90752149
Book Description Collins. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0002312670I5N00
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR004860249
Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR004944056
Book Description Collins, London, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. First edition first printing of this novel. There are two closed tears on the front cover bottom edge they are both about an 1 inch long each and about two inches apart. In very good / good condition. Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # 9776
Book Description Collins., 1978. Book Condition: Very Good. First. Book- VG. DJ- VG. 8.5x5.5. 178pp. Bookseller Inventory # 333392
Book Description Collins, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 278pp, red boards. Some cracking to front hinge, slight lean to spine, but sound. Previous owner's name on flyleaf, otherwise internally clean. An Inspector Alleyn mystery. Bookseller Inventory # 3233
Book Description Collins, London, UK, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Octavo. hardcover, octavo, first edition, 1978, near fine condition in a very good dust jacket, not price clipped, spotting on book's foredges, contents and cover clean, a 1 inch closed tear top front of jacket and another very short closed tear, some soiling to jacket back, detective fiction. Bookseller Inventory # st3736
Book Description Crime Club/Collins, London, 1978. First edition. 1st edition, 1st printing. A tidy copy in tight binding; dust jacket not price-clipped, but with very minor wear at edges. Used - Very Good. VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS194780I
Book Description Collins, Scarborough, ON, Canada, 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 053334