Black as He's Painted / Last Ditch / Grave Mistake

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There will always be an England, and in the world of traditional crime fiction, there will always be an Upper Quintern, the sort of Little English Village that is home mostly to the very rich and the servants who make their lives delightful. But Sybil Foster's life is not delightful, even if she does have an extremely talented gardener. Exhausted from her various family stresses – a daughter, for instance, who wants to marry a man without a title! – Sybil takes herself off to a local hotel that specializes in soothing shattered nerves. When she's killed, Inspector Alleyn has a real puzzler on his hands: Yes, she was silly, snobbish, and irritating. But if that were enough motive for murder, half of England would be six feet under.

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Dame Ngaio Marsh was one of the queens of the golden age of mystery and the author of 32 titles in the Inspector Roderick Alleyn series. She was born and grew up in New Zealand.

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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

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