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Book Title: Mees lamas surnult|
The author of the book: Ngaio Marsh
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Edition: Eesti raamat
Date of issue: 1995
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Read full description of the books Mees lamas surnult:Marsh introduced her famous detective in this mystery, and you can tell that she wasn't entirely sure what personality to go with. At times he reads like Wimsey playing a silly ass, at other times he is crude or clever in the manner of a Bright Young Thing; he takes the official police hard-line one moment only to suddenly behave in unprofessional and even inappropriate ways. I suspect she was trying to write realistically complex character, but the overall effect is one of schizophrenia and implausibility.
Luckily, we spend most of the story from the point of view of Nigel Bathgate, a somewhat two-dimensional Nice Young Man of the sort that one would let date one's sister (but probably find too boring to have a relationship with). There's no pomo unreliability here; it is clear that he is innocent, and his requisite wholesome love interest is dismissed from suspicion, apparently out of convenience to the romance subplot. Otherwise, the victim and suspects are sufficiently unpleasant that there is no sense of urgency about the solution.
Most interesting to me, partly because it is so dated, is the side mystery with the Bolshevik conspirators. Did you know that in addition to being dirty communists they practiced weird, vaguely Satanic rituals that sometimes culminate in self-immolation? No? Neither did Marsh. The only thing the police really seem to be after them for is publishing seditious literature, which I guess every contemporary reader was assumed to consider a serious and despicable crime. Bolshies! Don't let anyone give you one of their sacred ritual daggers or they will track you down* and murder you!
*It won't be difficult; you'll happen to be at the weekend house-party of a mutual friend. I don't know why anyone still goes to house-parties in England, it is just asking for trouble.
Read information about the authorDame Ngaio Marsh, born Edith Ngaio Marsh, was a New Zealand crime writer and theatre director. There is some uncertainty over her birth date as her father neglected to register her birth until 1900, but she was born in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Of all the "Great Ladies" of the English mystery's golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh alone survived to publish in the 1980s. Over a fifty-year span, from 1932 to 1982, Marsh wrote thirty-two classic English detective novels, which gained international acclaim. She did not always see herself as a writer, but first planned a career as a painter.
Marsh's first novel, A MAN LAY DEAD (1934), which she wrote in London in 1931-32, introduced the detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn: a combination of Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey and a realistically depicted police official at work. Throughout the 1930s Marsh painted occasionally, wrote plays for local repertory societies in New Zealand, and published detective novels. In 1937 Marsh went to England for a period. Before going back to her home country, she spent six months travelling about Europe.
All her novels feature British CID detective Roderick Alleyn. Several novels feature Marsh's other loves, the theatre and painting. A number are set around theatrical productions (Enter a Murderer, Vintage Murder, Overture to Death, Opening Night, Death at the Dolphin, and Light Thickens), and two others are about actors off stage (Final Curtain and False Scent). Her short story "'I Can Find My Way Out" is also set around a theatrical production and is the earlier "Jupiter case" referred to in Opening Night. Alleyn marries a painter, Agatha Troy, whom he meets during an investigation (Artists in Crime), and who features in several later novels.
* Roderick Alleyn
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