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Kunstnere i forbryderfaget (1938)

af Ngaio Marsh

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Serier: Roderick Alleyn (6)

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One of Ngaio Marsh's most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion...… (mere)
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    Five Red Herrings af Dorothy L. Sayers (Bjace)
    Bjace: Also about a murder among artists.
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This is set after Alleyn's original trip to New Zealand (the 3 books I reviewed earlier were his 2nd trip). It starts on the way home, and details Alleyn's meeting with his future wife, the artist Agatha Troy, in Fiji. Back in England, Troy is running an art class at her family home, and in the course of the class, the model is murdered by being forced onto a knife while being posed. The kicker is that the method had been worked out by the class earlier - one of the class had a commission illustrating some Decameron-like stories, one of which had the plot where a man killed his mistress accidentally by making love to her on a bench with a hidden knife.

The story is the typical country house murder mystery with a rather Bohemian cast of characters. Of course, the entire setting comes across to modern eyes as rather quaint and dated. The other issue with Marsh's books is that they can seem rather stagey - her other career as a stage director shows up quite strongly even when the plot doesn't involve a theatre setting or actors.

Light but recommended.
  Maddz | May 2, 2021 |
Artists in Crime - Ngaio Marsh
Audio performance by Phillip Frank
4 stars

This is a mystery that I read long before I became addicted to audiobooks. Ngaio Marsh is one of the less known great dames of the classic British mystery. This one was originally published in 1938. It’s the sixth book of the Roderick Alleyn detective series. It’s the first one to introduce the detective’s love interest, the artist, Agatha Troy. The book has great atmosphere, interesting (if stereotyped) characters, and two diabolical murders. I enjoyed this ‘reread’ audio performance. I only wish Philip Frank read all of the books in the series and that they were all available. ( )
  msjudy | Aug 21, 2020 |
Knife Out
Review of the Fontana paperback edition (1982) of the 1938 original

Ngaio Marsh sets this murder mystery in the world of artists and does capture the obsessions and egocentrism of the artistic temperament very well. It was actually better at that than Dorothy L. Sayer's Five Red Herrings which obsesses more over train schedules and conveying Scottish dialect in print than the actual art and artist suspects involved.

This is part of my current re-read projects of works from the Golden Age of Crime of which many are still in my collection after first being read in the 1970s and 1980s. ( )
  alanteder | Feb 28, 2020 |
I loved this mystery. I loved the atmosphere, the puzzle, and the characters. Wonderful reader. A nice excursion away from the troubles of today's world. The ending surprising but inevitable just as it should be. I'm looking forward to more Inspector Alleyn books. My only criticism being the pronunciation of the detective's name. I have always heard it pronounced Allen instead of Allain. A minor problem at worst. ( )
  njcur | Nov 25, 2019 |
In Dorothy Sayer's "Gaudy Night" Harriet Vane, a detective novelist, is struggling with the plot of her latest book "Death twixt wind and water". She discusses it with Peter Wimsey who suggests she leaves off writing a purely puzzle book and gives her characters real human emotions and motivations. I suspect that "Artists in Crime" may be Ngaio Marsh's equivalent. Although the murder itself is bizarre, in allowing Alleyn to fall properly in love she finally shows him as a fully rounded human being with real emotions behind the facetious facade and the book is all the better for it. I also love the introduction of Troy, and Marsh's real feel for the art milieu in which the book is set. Beautiful descriptions too. Her first fully realised book. ( )
  Figgles | Sep 23, 2019 |
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One of Ngaio Marsh's most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion...

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