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
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‘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
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‘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
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‘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 Times
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Book Description Collins, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2312670