If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our March author interviews: Karen Pullen (3/1), Lowcountry Crime authors: Tina Whittle, Polly Iyer, Jonathan M. Bryant, and James M. Jackson (3/8), Annette Dashofy (3/15), Edith Maxwell (3/22) and Barb Ross (3/29).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in March: Maris Soule (3/4), and Virginia Mackey (3/11). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 3/18--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 3/25--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for pre-order.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Friday, November 18, 2016

Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh: A Review by Warren Bull




Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh: A Review by Warren Bull

Death in a White Tie was published in 1938. It was recommended to me while I was on tour in Ngaio’s home in Christchurch, New Zealand. I very much enjoyed both the tour and the novel.
            It starts when Roderick Alleyn’s mother, Lady Alleyn, announces that she will get involved in the ”coming out” of young women being presented to society this season in London.  She has promised to chaperone one of the young women. One of the women presenting a debutante comes to the Chief Detective-Inspector to ask for help for “a friend” who is being blackmailed. The woman says she cannot reveal the reason “her friend” pays the money.  The woman is a close family friend, which makes the matter more personal to Alleyn.
            Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn requests the help of a friend, Lord Robert Gospell affectionately known as Bunchy, who has aided investigations in the past. The man is genuinely liked and respected by other members of the social elite. He often helps those women who find it hard to fit in to the social swim join the activities. While Bunchy is on the phone with Alleyn conveying information aobut the blackmail someone enters the room so Bunchy ends the call. Shortly after that Bunchy is killed, which leaves Alleyn feeling guilty for involving him in the investigation. The policeman has to  struggle to contain his rage.
            The author describes the elite of society and the “coming out” of young women with assurance and knowledge of that social class. Her social commentary is woven seamlessly into the story. As with other novels Marsh’s command of writing is faultless. It is a pleasure to read her work.
            This novel includes more about the Detective-Inspector’s life, family and emotions than her other works, which her fans will enjoy. 

              Dashiell Hammett called the novel, “The best detective story I have ever read.” I give my highest recommendation to the novel.

9 comments:

Grace Topping said...

You've got me hooked on Ngaio Marsh's books. Thankfully, there are lots of them. It would be a pleasure to tour her home in New Zealand. Lucky you, Warren.

Warren Bull said...

Yes. I sat in the chair she wrote in. The guide had seen her but had not spoken with her. Also on the tour was a man who had read all of her books.

Gloria Alden said...

Another good review. I'm going to start reading them if I can find any. How cool that you got to sit in the chair she wrote in.

KB Inglee said...

I read a lot of her work in the '80s and '90. Don't remember if this was one. Might be time to read it again. Thanks.

Margaret Turkevich said...

I'll be going steady with Ngaio Marsh all winter. Thanks for another great review.

Laura Brennan said...

I am a huge Ngaio Marsh fan! So lovely to see someone review her.

If you're just starting, Death in a White Tie is the only book to be something of a sequel and if at all possible, you should read Artists in Crime first. It's not the mystery that continues on, but the events in Alleyn's personal life that play out over the two books.

And if you think Death in a White Tie is good, you'll love Artists in Crime. It's my favorite of her novels, with White Tie a close second.

PS: Warren, Christchurch is on my bucket list! Have a fabulous time.

KM Rockwood said...

I've always enjoyed Ngaio Marsh's work, although it does tend toward "1st world" problems. Her books are well executed.

Margaret Morse said...

Thanks for the review. This has always been one of my favorite Marsh mysteries. As a mystery, it's a telling portrayal of upper class England. On a sentimental note, I believe this is the novel wherein Alleyn secures his relationship with Troy.

vicki batman said...

Okay, time for me to reread these books!