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Off with His Head

Ngaio Marsh Ä 5 Summary

An entertaining The Return read Morris dancing with a twistAnnually in the depths of winter in aemote 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 blacksmith with his five sons Dan Andy Ned Chris And Slightly Mad Ernie and slightly mad Ernie the dance Andersen is found dead in gruesome circumstances Superintendent Alleyn arrives with the faithful Fox There are a lot of motives Tension between Ernie and his father over the playing of the fool and a dead dog Beggs an ex RAF pilot unning a failing business and wanting the Smithy for a new service station Class snobbery between different families and the eccentric Mrs Buntz going to any lengths to discover the de ests of the dance All in all a humorous and well crafted story with a god ending with the Lighthouse Fireflies reconstruction of the dance and theole of the Hobby horse and Betty must investigate village tensions and econstruct the dance itself in order to uncover the murderer 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 ural accents of some characters were almost unintelligible and the constant descriptions of folk dances didn t make sense I don t know if eading the book would ve helped me to make sense or be interestedI found it interesting once the murder occurred during a performance of a folk dance and Inspector Alleyn and crew arrived to investigate Then i5 became ather obvious who the killer was and I skimmed the last few chapters to the end Some interesting characters but this one Nietzsche And Wagner really didn t hold my interest Set in 1950s Britain an annualitual 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 things local Dr Otterly plays the fiddle for the dance William Andersen the local blacksmith known locally as the guiser pla in this 19th book in Guiser pla In this 19th book in Roderick Alleyn series the British detective investigates the death of a folk dancer The book can be The Spirit Of The Wind Level I read as a standaloneIn the English village of South Mardian the winter solstice is marked by a complexitual 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 sonlawyer and a former army officerThe story acted out in the dance is described as Calcutta resembling King Lear because it involves children in this case sons at odds with their old father The superstitiousitual includes donning elaborate costumes and dancing Ideas That Matter reciting jingling chasing girls and brandishing swords Toward the latter part of theitual one of the sons beheads the father who sinks out of sight behind a boulder Then at the dramtic climax the father is supposed to come back to life and jump up from behind the Overkill Orphans Legacy 1 rock This ti. Aitual dance becomes a murderous mamboAt the winter solstice South Mardian's swordsmen weave their blades in an ancient itual dance But for one of them th. ,
Me however the father doesn t pop up It turns out he s actually been beheaded The entire village is on hand to watch the itual dance including an overbearing dowager and her eccentric niece a sexy barmaid a pretty young acting student etc Also present is a German visitor a woman who studies and writes about English folklorefolk dances The lady is Hensche On Painting regarded with suspicion by some villagers both because she s German and a woman When Detective Roderick Alleyn shows up to investigate the murder he asks each dance participant and a number of observers to describe in excruciating detail all aspects of the dance Every witness claims that no one went near the boulder shielding the old man between the time he was beheaded in the dance and the time he was supposed toise up againThe uestioning of witnesses takes up a large part of the book and is exceedingly epetitive and tedious Moreover since I didn t actually see the dance and am not familiar with British folk dancing the descriptions were difficult to follow And finally when the murderer and modus operandi were exposed I couldn t picture it and it didn t make sense In the time covered by the story various other things are going on in South Mardian There s a Romeo and Juliet Type Romance The Relatives romance the elatives t approve the German woman acts peculiar and fears the police there s pressure on a couple to marry against their wishes because they were seen canoodling in the forest a product of those conservative times the smithy and his sons have Trpljenje Mlade Hane real life arguments etc The characters however are not well fleshed out and not terribly interesting This is not one of Ngaio Marsh s best books It seems like a book about British folk dancing than a mystery I wouldn tecommend itYou can follow my eviews at 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 Part of the enjoyment of this book was not only the absolutely pulled it off Part of the enjoyment of this book was not only the descriptions but the historical information egarding some of the ancient English folk dances and traditions occurring around the Christmas seasoning Marsh also presents material that would suggest that Shakespeare incorporated some of the folk themes in his King Lear Marsh s knowledge of theatre was also very helpful I am in the midst of a job change therefore not feeling up to eading anything heavy Fortunately I was able to pick up a few mysteries the old fashioned English ones where the murder takes place at a country mansi 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
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then Marsh that author Some of her mysteries are fantastic and there have been many that I have eally enjoyed However this book published in 1957 feels to be almost written by rote We have a small village a winter solstice and bizarrely morris dancing Add a stereotypical German folk specialist a pair of lovers with of course objections to their being together a group of bizarre villagers all with their allegi. E excitement proves too heady and his decapitiation turns the fertilityite into a pageant of death Now Inspector Roderick Alleyn must penetrate not only th. Ances secretsmotives and customs and then of course it all ends in murder So we have a brief lead up the crime then Alleyn and Fox uestion everyone finishing in a ecreation of events and the murderer is unearthed All Metro Ice A Century Of Hockey In Greater New York Starring rather formulaic but I willead on as sometimes she could be brilliant Ngaio Marsh in the second of her mysteries I have ead 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 ripples of emotion and perception One of these 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 ails enough to take a life In addition to her character skills Marsh sets this mystery deep in the The Other City rural north of England and we get to see what village life was truly like there not long after WWII Great book At this point in myereading of Marsh I Historical Maps Of World War Ii Europe realize that I am having trouble seeing the books as they wereeceived when first written and published This particular story bothered me particularly for a number of easonsFirst Marsh s books continue to be painfully class idden Members of the gentry are well educated speak standard English and either privately wealthy or hold down jobs as artists lawyers or doctors Members of the lower class are badly educated speak painfully broad dialect and carry on the modern day euivalent of the jobs of their forebears The books was published in 1956 and yet it eads as if it were a flashback to a time far
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one expects murder mystery writer to use smoke and mirrors to distract the eader from the truth of whodunnit What is not Alliance Bloodline 1 reasonable is that her detectives should be able to solve the crimes they are investigating in little time if it were not for the fact that they are constantly unwilling to do their actual work In earlier books Alleyn felt uncomfortableeuiring fingerprints from suspects and in later books he seems to feel uncomfortable actually asking uestions People don t answer uestions Police don t ask uestions Suspects are allowed to mill around and move things In this particular case the SPOILER WARNING murderer spends much of the book ordering those who witnessed the murder to shut up whenever they come close to spilling the truth in front of police officers The only way Marsh can account for the difficulty of solving the case is to have the local police officers act like bucolic yokels and the men from Scotland Yard to spend of their time deferring to the gentry and feeling uncomfortable asking uestions than doing the work they were called in do toMarsh does not limit her stereotyping to the gentry and the peasants either The German woman in this book acts not like someone who has lived in England for years but Anna Countess Of The Covenant rather as aecent A Lost Witch A Modern Witch 7 refugee from the movie version of Nazi Germany Marsh also throws in for good measure aather nasty picture of the those who are inappropriately interesting in British forkways Appropriate interest is felt by members of the British gentry Inappropriate interest is felt by foreigners who wear different clothes and speak with accentsThrow in a thoroughly broad and uninformed picture of epilepsy and you have a book that seems to have been designed to The Greenhaven Encyclopedia Of Greek Amp Roman Mythology reflect the biases and preconceptions of the fairly narrow demographic that made up Marsh seadership. E mysteries of folklore but the secrets and sins of an eccentric group who include a surly blacksmith a domineering dowager and a not so simple village idiot.


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