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10 thoughts on “Off with His Head

  1. says:

    I am in the midst of a job change therefore not feeling up to reading anything heavy Fortunately I was able to pick up a few mysteries

  2. says:

    In this 19th book in the 'Roderick Alleyn' series the British detective investigates the death of a folk dancer The book can be read as a standaloneIn the English village of South Mardian the winter solstice is marked by a complex ritual dance performed solely by men This year not long after WW II the major participants in the dance are the local smithy and his four sons who have a long ancestry in the area a village doctor a parson's sonla

  3. says:

    An entertaining read Morris dancing with a twistAnnually in the depths of winter in a remote English village the Dance of the five sons is performed on Sword Wednesday during the Winter Solstice It has been performed for hundreds of years The key characters in the dance are The Fool The Hobbyhorse and The teaser called BettyMrs Bunz an eccentric German folklorist turns up at Mardian Castle wanting to witness the secret

  4. says:

    This is the nineteenth Roderick Alleyn novel in what is a slightly infuriating series If any author could be called inconsistent – often brilliant but too often banal then Marsh is that author Some of her mysteries are fantastic and there have been many that I have really enjoyed However this book published in 1957 feels to be almost written by rote We have a small village a winter solstice and – bizarrely

  5. says:

    My favourite Ngaio Marsh story is the one that does not involve the theatre or New Zealand Death of a Fool is set in a snowy Englis

  6. says:

    Just ok 2 stars on my personal scale I listened to this one on Audible and although Nadia May is usually a favorite narrator the rural accents

  7. says:

    Ngaio Marsh in the second of her mysteries I have read shows herself to be a master of human observation Marsh combines that with th

  8. says:

    Part of the enjoyment of this book was not only the excellent descriptions but the historical information regarding some of the ancient English folk dances and traditions occurring around the Christmas seasoning Marsh also presents material t

  9. says:

    Set in 1950s Britain an annual ritual dance held on the winter solstice The winter solstice is nearing and South Mardian is preparing for its local mummery play that the community has held on Sword Wednesday for centuries passing along the music and dance Dame Alice Mardian is greatly displeased by the presence of an outsider Mrs Bunz a folklore specialist because the people of South Mardian want to keep thi

  10. says:

    At this point in my rereading of Marsh I realize that I am having trouble seeing the books as they were received when first written and published This particular story bothered me particularly for a number of rea

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Itement proves too heady and his decapitiation turns the fertility rite into a pageant of death Now Inspector Roderick Alleyn must penetrate not only the mysterie My favourite Ngaio Marsh story is the one that does not involve the theatre or New Zealand Death of a Fool is set in a snowy English village holding out against the 20th century It could easily be silly but Ngaio Marsh is far too good a writer to slip into that error The story has a village smithy a medi val folk dance eccentric gentry a village natural and an artsy German folklorist doing a wonderful imitation of the modern obsession with ethnicity I am in awe of a New Zealander who could have written a classic murder mystery in such a setting and absolutely pulled it off

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A ritual dance becomes a murderous mamboAt the winter solstice South Mardian's swordsmen weave their blades in an ancient ritual dance But for one of them the exc An entertaining read Morris dancing with a twistAnnually in the depths of winter in a remote English village the Dance of the five sons is performed on Sword Wednesday during the Winter Solstice It has been performed for hundreds of years The key characters in the dance are The Fool The Hobbyhorse and The teaser called BettyMrs Bunz an eccentric German folklorist turns up at Mardian Castle wanting to witness the secretive annual folk dance She is given short thrift by 94 year old Dame Alice an eccentric snobbish lady of the manor The dance is performed by miserly and bad tempered William Andersen the local black

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S Off with PDFEPUBof folklore but the secrets and sins of an eccentric group who include a surly blacksmith a domineering dowager and a not so simple village idio Ngaio Marsh in the second of her mysteries I have read shows herself to be a master of human observation Marsh combines that with the ability to describe her well drawn characters using humor and engaging them actions that hint at the psychology underneathThe murder mystery is a perfect genre for someone able to portray the smallest ripples of emotion and perception One of these characters is capable of murder In this mystery she has her detective Alleyn say Motive I detest motive Often many people have a motive but which one is off the rails enough to take a life In addition to her character skills Marsh sets