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Singing in the Shrouds by Ngaio Marsh

Singing in the Shrouds (1958)

by Ngaio Marsh

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Series: Roderick Alleyn (20)

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i didn't really care who the killer was. i wished the killer would hurry up and kill that stupid victim who obviously was going to be the victim. because this was a condensed book i couldn't figure out why we were hearing so much about dennis. ( )
  mahallett | Feb 27, 2014 |
This one has grown on me. Alleyn is sent to sea on a cruise (a freighter carring a small number of passengers - as was quite common once) on the hunch that serial killer has shipped for the voyage. The delight in this is the small number of characters interacting as we count down the days to the next outburst. Once again NM shows her anti-gay colours but otherwise really enjoyable read. ( )
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In the pool of London and farther east all through the dockyards the fog lay heavy.
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First, there was high-pitched singing ... and then a woman's body was found, covered with flowers. Three victims had already fallen before Scotland Yard's Roderick Alleyn set out on a luxury cruiser for South Africa, convinced that the musical murderer was aboard.

     Listen!  Is that he wind in the shrouds - or has the killer struck again?

     The Spanish dress was spread out wide, falling in black cascades on both sides of hte chaise longue. Its wearer lay back, luxuriously, each gloved hand trailing on the deck.
      The head was impossibly twisted over the left shoulder. 
      Artificial pearls from a broken necklace lay scattered across the decolletage, into which had been thrust a white hyacinth.
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All aboard for murder

The Cape Farewell steams out to sea, carrying a serial strangler who says it with flowers and a little song. Behind, on a fogbound London dock, lies his latest lovely victim; and on board, working undercover to identify him before he strikes again, is Inspector Roderick Alleyn. But-with a collection of neurotic, bombastic, shifty, and passionate passengers at one another's throats-how long can he keep the investigation on course?

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The police found the third corpse on a wharf in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. Within the hour the killer was safe at sea - and among his fellow-passengers were four potential victims.One cold night the police find their third corpse on the quayside - covered with flower petals and pearls. When a cargo ship with nine passengers sets sail Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins it at Portsmouth - the murderer is known to be on board.… (more)

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