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Black As He's Painted by Ngaio Marsh

Black As He's Painted (original 1974; edition 1974)

by Ngaio Marsh

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Title:Black As He's Painted
Authors:Ngaio Marsh
Info:Pyramid Books (1974), Mass Market Paperback
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Tags:mystery, British

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Black As He's Painted by Ngaio Marsh (1974)



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Good Christie-like mystery. African ambassador and an embassy murder. Good twists. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
You can't get much better for a classical mystery read than Ngaio Marsh. This time she takes on racism and emerging African countries. ( )
  gypsysmom | Nov 26, 2011 |
Ngaio Marsh, being a New Zealander, was fascinated by color and racial differences and used them many times in her books. She was probably more sensitive to the Maori people than to Africans, but I enjoyed her portraits and perceptions even so.

Marsh's characters live in a richly imagined environment. I had as much fun reading about the neighborhood (especially the cat) as following the story. ( )
1 vote NormaDruid | Apr 27, 2011 |
Not really a traditional English mystery in the sense that there is a puzzle to be solved if you just follow the clues carefully enough; more similar to Patricia Moyes' Death and the Dutch Uncle in its international intrigue, but without the criminal attacks on the heroes that mark the thriller. But a fun look at colonial politics for all that. The coincidences run a bit rampant; Superintendent Alleyn is old buddies with many of the major players, and is also on the scene when the main crime occurs. The black characters are a bit coarsely drawn, not unexpectedly for a novel from the early 70's, but the colonials seem fairly realistic to my eye. I've not read many Ngaio Marsh stories, but maybe this one will spur me on to find more - she was one of my mom's favorite authors. ( )
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Portrait of a murder...

Superintendent Roderick Alleyn's old school chum-- whom his wife Troy longs to paint-- is now President of Ng'ombwana, a brand-new African republic. This handsome, charismatic dictator has enemies of every stripe: from ruddy-faced ex-colonists to new rivals, from dispossessed businessmen to racist crackpots. But when a ceremonial spear deals death at his lavish embassy party in London, Alleyn must decipher the victim's last utterance and expose an assassin's true colors...

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When the exuberant president of Ng'ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old school mate Chief Superintendent Alleyn is called in to persuade him otherwise.

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