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Few diversions Ricky manages to find the most distracting one of all murder For in a muddy ditch he sees a dead euestrienne whose last leap was What a fun golden age mystery I loved the characters setting mannerisms of the time and pacing of the story I don't know why I've never read Ngaio Marsh before but I've already ordered the first few books in this series to start from the beginning I look forward to catching up with Inspector Alleyn

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Anything but an accident And when Ricky himself disappears the case becomes a horse of a different color for his father Inspector Roderick Alle My impression of Ricky from the first book still stands he's too precious and how he managed to bumble his way into every step of the investigation and leave nothing for the second investigation was too much Still he was a nice change of pace from his too suave and bland Papa I'm glad he didn't turn too too much and become a jobbing detective version of his dad For the consummate Ngaio Marsh fan this is a good read For everyone else ehn I wouldn't recommend it

Summary Last Ditch

Horseplay turns deadly Young Ricky Alleyn has come to the picturesue fishing village of Deep Cove to write Through the sleepy little town offers This is the twenty ninth in the Roderick Alleyn series and the second appearance by Ricky Alleyn son of Alleyn and Troy Previously met as a child he is now twenty one and an aspiring author Jasper and Julia Pharamond a couple that Alleyn and Troy had met previously on a cruise have arranged lodgings for Ricky with the Farants Mrs Farant used to work for the Pharamond’s and so Ricky intends to spend the long vacation writingHis good intentions are somewhat affected by a crush on Julia and by events in the fishing village of Deep Cove These include the surly painter Sid Jones the overly religious stable owner Mr Harkness and his pregnant niece Dulcie who is refusing to say who the father of her baby is and of course murder When Ricky goes riding with the Pharamond’s and they come across a body in a ditch it is initially seen as an accident Ricky though possesses some of his father’s desire to uncover the truth – but without his skills or subtletyThis crime involves drugs and those involved seem a little too obvious The novel does not really come alive until Alleyn comes onto the scene but Ricky’s interest in crime makes me wonder whether he will appear in future books admittedly I am now near the end of the series or whether Ngaio Marsh had considered using him as a possible successor to his father Overall rated 35


10 thoughts on “Last Ditch

  1. says:

    This is the twenty ninth in the Roderick Alleyn series and the second appearance by Ricky Alleyn son of Alleyn and Troy Previously met as a child he is now twenty one and an aspiring author Jasper and Julia Pharamond a couple that Alleyn and Troy had met previously on a cruise have arranged lodgings for Ricky with the Farants Mrs Farant used to work for the Pharamond’s and so Ricky intends to spend the long vacation writingHis good intentions are somewhat affected by a crush on Julia and by events in the fishing village of Deep Cove These include the surly painter Sid Jones the overly religious stable owner Mr Harkness and his pregnant niece Dulcie who is refusing to say who the father of her baby is and of course murder When Ricky goes riding with the Pharamond’s and they come across a body in a ditch it is initially seen as an accident Ricky though possesses some of his father’s desire to uncover the truth – but without his skills or subtletyThis crime involves drugs and those involved seem a little too obvious The novel does not really come alive until Alleyn comes onto the scene but Ricky’s interest in crime makes me wonder whether he will appear in future books admittedly I am now near the end of the series or whether Ngaio Marsh had considered using him as a possible successor to his father Overall rated 35


  2. says:

    A very entertaining book for me I only recently learned of Alleyn's son Ricky in the book Spinsters in Jeopardy where he is introduced as a very bright little 6 year old boy Whether he appears in any other books in the series I am unaware not having read all of them This book places Ricky at 21 front and center He is on a break staying as a boarder on an island where he believes he will live uietly concentrating on writing a bookA social connection of his parents found the place for him and also welcomed him to the island with dining at their impressive house along with outings that included horseback riding not a familiar activity for Ricky This sparkling socially adroit and very much married Julia becomes what is likely Ricky's first real crushThere will be police action of course but the spotlight is on drug trafficking again as it was in Spinsters As events conspire Alleyn will be called to manage the investigation there is a suspicious death of a horsewoman attempt on Ricky's life and later kidnapping of Ricky who ends up in the thick of thingsRather than give away the plotStrangely amusing description of one of Ricky's dinner partners when he first arrivedThen comes Miss Harkness She was a well developed girl with a weather beaten complexion and hands so horny that Ricky was reminded of hoovesAlleyn's reluctance to interfere where his son was stayinghis AC 'We haven't got anyone on the island so far The lead on Saint Pierre's only just come through What's the young chap doing there Rory?' Alleyn said very firmly 'He's writing a book sir He went over there to put himself out of the way of distraction and has set himself a time limit''Writing' repeated the AC dicontentedly 'A book' And he added 'Extraordinary what they get up to nowadays isn't it? One of mine runs a discotheue' The AC went on to add that there was yet another coincidence at that island a riding fatality He then explained that the Super at Montjoy was down with a perforated appendix so there it was 'There's a funny noise''It may be my teeth Grinding'The AC gave a high whinnying laugh 'You can take Fox with you of course'The final pages of this Felony Mayhem paperback includes a delightful extract from a collection of short stories by Marsh where she describes the creation of her character Roderick Alleyn


  3. says:

    Started out as an interesting read as Troy and Alleyn's son Ricky is on a small island attempting to write a book we never learn much about it I assume its a novel Then we take a strange detour into horses and a convoluted drug ring that I did not find particularly compelling I still think her writing is stronger than her earlier books but this was not my favorite


  4. says:

    One of the last of Marsh's Inspector Alleyn novels 32 novels over an almost fifty year writing career Marsh along with Christie Sayers and Allingham were the Grand Dames of twentieth century crime novelists A well written well told story I've not read any of her other novels but this one seems as good a place to start as any other though the whole series follows the career and marriage of Alleyn There is a nice little appendix telling the story of how Marsh came to start writing crime novels and how she came up with Inspector Alleyn pronounced Allen


  5. says:

    What a fun golden age mystery I loved the characters setting mannerisms of the time and pacing of the story I don't know why I've never read Ngaio Marsh before but I've already ordered the first few books in this series to start from the beginning I look forward to catching up with Inspector Alleyn


  6. says:

    1977’s Last Ditch by Ngaio Marsh turns its focus to Ricky Alleyn the son of Detective Superintendent Roderick Alleyn as Ricky goes to the Channel Islands to immerse himself in his work in writing a novel There he runs into a family who met his parents once on a cruise and Ricky finds himself falling in love with the wife Julia Pharamond He also makes the acuaintance of Sid Jones a wannabe painter with a bad attitude until he learns that Ricky is the son of Agatha Troy ther greatest painter England has ever produced Ricky keeps suspecting Sid of nefarious behavior especially when Sid who works as a paint salesman in exchange for free acrylic paints toi use gets furious when Ricky accidentally steps on one tube causing it to burst open Another day the Pharamonds talk Ricky into joining them going horseback riding at the stables owned by Mr Harkness The fire and brimstone religious man is furious that his daughter the highly promiscuous Elsie is pregnant and tries to lock her in her room But Elsie manages to escape and takes out the bay mare against her father’s express orders When the family and Ricky return to the stable they find the body of Elsie in a ditch behind a big bush apparently the victim of having taken too dangerous a chance in jumping the horse where her father has forbidden her to goRead the rest of this review and other fun geeky articles at Fangirl Nation


  7. says:

    My impression of Ricky from the first book still stands he's too precious and how he managed to bumble his way into every step of the investigation and leave nothing for the second investigation was too much Still he was a nice change of pace from his too suave and bland Papa I'm glad he didn't turn too too much and become a jobbing detective version of his dad For the consummate Ngaio Marsh fan this is a good read For everyone else ehn I wouldn't recommend it


  8. says:

    In this late entry of the Inspector Alleyn series the focus is on Alleyn's son Ricky While the last third when Alleyn himself arrives on the scene was exciting I found the mystery itself a little obvious Wanda McCaddonNadia May did a decent narration but it wasn't as good as some of hers I have listened to


  9. says:

    This was a very enjoyable revisit with Roderick Alleyn's son Ricky The last time we saw him he was six years old Now he's twenty one and trying to find his own way as a hopeful writer of fiction My favorite parts were his interactions with his father and godfather Inspector Fox who are both anxious to keep Ricky out of their investigation even though he's already right in the middle of it by the time they arrive I didn't enjoy the emphasis on chasing drug dealers which has cropped up too often in Marsh's later books but it's certainly something relevant to the time period It's sad to think that I'll be done with the Alleyn books soon In spite of a few in the series that bogged down and had me wondering if I even wanted to keep going I'm glad I stuck it out The later books have picked up and been enjoyable overall I definitely recommend this one


  10. says:

    I wish I'd discovered these during my long ago Christie phase because while I don't think Marsh's plots are as neat as Christie's her writing is better However I was still fairly meh about this one police procedurals are just not my cup of tea even though I like the charactersI may see if I can find the book or two which come after Artists in Crime out of curiosity to see the progress of Alleyn and Troy's romance but other than that I don't think I'll seek out Marsh


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