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May 17th, 2015 – Book: ‘Hand in Glove’ by Ngaio Marsh

by on May.17, 2015, under Books

Hand in Glove (Roderick Alleyn, #22)Hand in Glove by Ngaio Marsh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my first excursion into Marsh territory. As I’ve been reading more British mysteries, I was wanting to read a tale of Alleyn.

I liked the characterization as written. The effort is melodramatic and should have been edited. Considering how long it takes for the reader to get to the core of the mystery, alot of is tread over and over with little sustenance. Especially considering how the story ends.

The setting descriptions seemed very lacking. Again considering how the mystery eventually unfolds, setting should have been better detailed for the reader.

Forgetting this is supposed to be a mystery, which is easy to do with this book, the story of the families is very good and had me wanting to follow some of them further. When the famous Alleyn appears, I wished he’d go away and get back to the interesting characters.

Bottom line:
I do not recommend this book as a mystery.
I do recommend this book for everything but the mystery.
4 out of 10 points.

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