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Dead Water by Ngaio Marsh

Dead Water (original 1963; edition 1964)

by Ngaio Marsh

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Title:Dead Water
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Dead Water by Ngaio Marsh (1963)



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This is a rather slow-paced novel, taking a while to establish the setting of Portcarrow and the premise of the "miracle spring" and the tourist trade that has sprung (har!) up around it. It probably also did not help that the blurb on the back cover of my copy (a Bantam Books paperback) provided the wrong name of the murder victim! This meant I spent the whole book wondering when the person would be murdered and it didn't end up happening. But that is not Ngaio Marsh's fault necessarily. The mystery itself is all right. Not her best but certainly not her worst. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Sep 21, 2015 |
An interesting and entertaining whodunnit. ( )
  cazfrancis | Sep 7, 2015 |
When local boy Wally Trehern's warts are suddenly cured, he explains that a lady in green appeared to him and told him that the village spring would wash them away. Then the general shop owner claims that her asthma has also been cured by the spring. The sleepy island village is soon a pilgrimage destination for those seeking cures from their ailments and the business owners and little church are making good money for the first time in their lives. But with the death of her sister, ownership of the entire island passes to Miss Emily Pride, a stubborn old woman who happens to be the former tutor of Inspector Alleyn of Scotland Yard. Her insistence that all the commercial exploitation of the spring and the desperate people who visit must stop makes her the enemy to the locals.

Even though I'd seen this particular episode of "The Alleyn Mysteries", it didn't reduce my enjoyment of the book. Marsh is an excellent writer. ( )
  mstrust | Jun 1, 2013 |
One of Marsh's later mysteries that takes place in a secluded resort town/island. There is a colorful cast of characters but in the end I did not feel they were that well drawn and fell a little flat. Despite figuring out who the murderer was about halfway through, I still found the final explanation and denouement unsatisfying and rushed. Not one of her most successful attempts, a little too formulaic.

Of the two crime "queens" who were still writing in the 1960s and 70s, Marsh's later books beat Agatha Christie's hands-down (at least Dame Ngaio could still string together a well-written sentence!). But in my opinion most of their later works (with the exception of Marsh's last book, the oddly genre-bending Light Thickens) bear the hallmarks of a golden age in decline, killed by its own success and doomed to eternal repetition of the same few plot/character elements. ( )
  sansmerci | Oct 29, 2012 |
Boring. ( )
  charlotte1918 | Jun 2, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312969902, Mass Market Paperback)

Faith healing can be fatal

When intrepid octogenarian Emily Pride inherits an island, and the miraculous properties of its "Pixie Falls" healing spring, she is shocked by all the vulgarity. The admission fee, the Gifte Shoppe, the folksy Festival, the neon sign on the pub, all must go! But local opposition runs high, death threats pile up, and Miss Emily's old friend Superintendent Roderick Alleyn arrives just in time to discover a drowned body and a set of murder motives that seem to spring eternal.

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Miss Emily Pride inherits the celebrated land on which Portcarrow stands, she wants put an end to the villagers thriving trade in miracle cures, especially Miss Elspeth Cost's gift shop. But somone puts an end to Miss Cost herself, and Miss Pride's guardian angel, Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, finds himself on the spot in both senses of the world.… (more)

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