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When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh
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When in Rome (1970)

by Ngaio Marsh

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Series: Roderick Alleyn (26)

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I will just say that you can't go wrong with Ngaio Marsh when looking for a classic murder mystery. Often compared to Agatha Christie, it is important to note that our sleuth is a male and an. inspector. The reader is treated to a view of an ancient Roman grotto, as well as an eclectic group of tourists, anyone of which might be involved in the mysterious missing tour guide and the death of a pddler woman.
  CathyWoolbright | Apr 20, 2016 |
When in Rome, as the title suggests, is another mystery set away from Alleyn's home turf - which means that Alleyn yet again has to work with a foreign police force rather than his old friends.

Alleyn is not on holiday; he's in Rome to investigate a drugs smuggling case, and it is some time before a corpse turns up.

But the absence of a corpse doesn't mean there's no mystery. Instead, there are a lot of little interconnected mysteries surrounding Sebastian Mailer and his connections to the tourists he has persuaded in joining an expensive day tour.
Alleyn doesn't get to spend as much time interviewing people as he sometimes does, but that's okay; When in Rome is a satisfying, atmospheric mystery.

Also, one of the POV characters, Sophy reminded me just a bit of M.M. Kaye's heroines. She's a young woman travelling in a foreign country; she's sensible and likeable. And another of the POV characters is a novelist, which allows for Marsh to comment on a field she would have known a lot about. ( )
  Herenya | Mar 29, 2016 |
English police superintendent Roderick Alleyn is sent to Rome to investigate Sebastian Mailer, a key member of an international drug smuggling ring. With the cooperation of the Italian police, he finds that Mailer is also involved in some other criminal activities, including blackmail. As part of one of his schemes, he leads a group of tourists through an Italian cathedral where he disappears. It’s up to Alleyn to find out what really happened to Mailer, and in the process of his investigation, he discovers the other members of the tour group each have their own secrets to hide.

This wasn’t a great mystery, but it wasn’t bad. The best parts were the descriptions of the city of Rome and the cathedral. I solved the mystery about two-thirds of the way through, but I was disappointed with how Marsh chose to end the book. Also, I didn’t like the way she portrayed the Italian police as being too inefficient to solve the crime in comparison to Alleyn and the English police. I don’t regret reading this one, but I probably won’t be picking up any of her other books. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
One of her better later works! ( )
  Figgles | May 27, 2008 |
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Botje-Zoetmulder, C.M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiemstra, NiekCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For H.E. The Ambassador and Mrs McIntosh and the Staff of the Residence, New Zealand Embassy in Rome who made it possible
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Barnaby Grant looked at the Etruscan Bride and Bridegroom who reclined so easily on their sarcophagal couch and wondered why they had died young and whether, as in Verona, they had died together.
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The exclusive guided tour promised a view of Rome's ancient splendors and certain aspects of la dolce vita.
But - in a subterraean grotto of Mithraic sacrifice - one of the party vanished. And instead of viewing pagan relics, Inspector Roderick Alleyn was looking at a very contemporary corpse!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312970978, Mass Market Paperback)

Murder takes a Roman holiday

On an exclusive guided tour of Rome's ancient ruins, a motley crew of tourists gets more than the price of admission. For amidst the serpentine passages of an underground crypt, the shady tour guide disappears, a mysterious murder occurs, and Inspector Roderick Alleyn-undercover on an international drug bust-must focus his keen eye on more than just Rome's breathtaking sights...

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:16 -0400)

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Sebastian Mailer and his Il Cicerone Conducted Tours promised an expedition that would be "most unconventional," and it delivered-all sorts of new activities and surprises like murder, blackmail, and drug running. It is up to Superintendent Roderick Alleyn to sort it all out.… (more)

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