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Photo Finish (1980)

by Ngaio Marsh

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Series: Roderick Alleyn (31)

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Murder and mayhem strike when a small group of people are confined to an island in the middle of a New Zealand lake in one of Ngaio Marsh's last - and best - novels. The luxury mansion on New Zealand's Lake Waihoe was the ideal place for the world-famous soprano to rest after her triumphant tour. Chief Superintendent Alleyn and his wife were among the house guests - but theirs was not a social visit. When tragedy struck, the peace of the island was shattered. With a houseful of suspects, now isolated by one of the lake's sudden storms, Alleyn was to face one of his trickiest cases...… (more)
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La Somita, an American Italian opera singer is in New Zealand on part of a world tour. She has been followed down under by a ( )
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
The penultimate Alleyn novel takes Marsh’s detective hero back to her native New Zealand. Once again a portrait commission for Alleyn’s wife Agatha Troy leads to her joining a house party, this time at a millionaire’s island retreat, and unusually Alleyn is included in the invitation. Whilst the case is interesting and the cast of characters varied Marsh doesn’t quite nail the tone with some reversion to a more 30s manner. Still it’s a good fun read. ( )
  Figgles | Dec 25, 2021 |
This was a very enjoyable Inspector Alleyn mystery set on a remote island in New Zealand. Alleyn and Troy are invited to a lavish house party where one of the guests is a famous opera singer, and soon after their arrival, a tragedy occurs. One of Ngaio Marsh's later books, it feels much more modern than the early Alleyn mysteries. ( )
  mathgirl40 | Feb 4, 2021 |
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  sury.vemagal | Oct 30, 2020 |
Read in the hardcover omnibus "Ngaio Marsh: 5 Complete Novels"

Once again Marsh takes us to New Zealand, this time with Alleyn accompanying Troy on a commission to paint a famous soprano (with of course some commission of his own from the Chief Commissioner!). I liked the setting and I am always glad when Troy is involved but for some reason this late entry in the series seemed to lack some of the spark that her earlier books had. Maybe I am missing Fox? ( )
  leslie.98 | Jul 18, 2020 |
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Ngaio Marshprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bommel-Terwisga, A.B.H. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saxon, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Törngren, DisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Murder and mayhem strike when a small group of people are confined to an island in the middle of a New Zealand lake in one of Ngaio Marsh's last - and best - novels. The luxury mansion on New Zealand's Lake Waihoe was the ideal place for the world-famous soprano to rest after her triumphant tour. Chief Superintendent Alleyn and his wife were among the house guests - but theirs was not a social visit. When tragedy struck, the peace of the island was shattered. With a houseful of suspects, now isolated by one of the lake's sudden storms, Alleyn was to face one of his trickiest cases...

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