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Horseplay turns deadly Young Ricky Alleyn has come to the picturesue fishing village of Deep Cove to write Through the sleepy little town offers 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

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Last Ditch

Anything but an accident And when Ricky himself disappears the case becomes a horse of a different color for his father Inspector Roderick Alle 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

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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 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


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

  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 introduce

  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 d

  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

  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

  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 lea

  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 e

  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 na

  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 tryin

  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 proced

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