Crime Fiction

Spinsters in Jeopardy

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

High in mountains stands the magnificent Saracen fortress, home of the mysterious Mr Oberon, leader of a coven of witches. It is not the historic castle, however, that intrigues Roderick Alleyn, on holiday with his family, but the suspicion that a huge drugs ring operates from within its ancient portals. But before the holiday is over, someone else has stumbled upon the secret. And Mr Oberon decides his strange and terrible rituals require a human sacrifice.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512402
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2001
1954

Singing in the Shrouds

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

On a cold February night the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away, singing. When the cargo ship, Cape Farewell, sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer. Which is why Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins the ship at Portsmouth on the most difficult assignment of his professional career.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512461
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2002
1959

Scales of Justice

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

A brutal murder with a golf club and an ingenious plot bursting with snobbery, suspicion , adultery and secrets -- to say nothing of the dreadful crime of catricide... The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the Old Un, a monster trout known to dwell in a beautiful stream which winds past their homes. Then one of their small community is found brutally murdered; beside him is the freshly killed trout.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512429
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
1999
1955

Opening Night

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

From the leading lady's liaison to the harassment of an aging juvenile lead -- there's never a dull moment, darling, at the Vulcan Theatre. But vanity and hysterics, suspicion and superstition, brandy and jealousy, are upstaged by a death on opening night. Was it really suicide? Or a macabre encore to a long-ago murder in the same backstage room? Scotland Yard's Inspector Alleyn sets to work assembling a cast of suspects for the final curtain.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512445
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2001
1951

Overture to Death

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. But its extension was doomed when Miss Campanula sat down to play. A chord was struck, a shot rang out and Miss was dead. A case of sinister infatuation for the brilliant Inspector Alleyn.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006167594
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
1990
1939

Off With His Head

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When the Sword Dancer's mock beheading becomes horribly real, it is Superintendent Roderick Alleyn who must discover who had the best motive for murder.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512453
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2000
1957

The Nursing Home Murder

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Ngaio Marsh's bestselling and ingenious third novel remains one of the most popular pieces of crime fiction of all time. Sir John Phillips, the Harley Street surgeon, and his beautiful nurse Jane Harden are almost too nervous to operate. The emergency case on the table before them is the Home Secretary -- and they both have very good, personal reasons to wish him dead. Within hours he does die, although the operation itself was a complete success, and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn must find out why.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512534
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
1935
1999

Light Thickens

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Peregrine Jay, owner of the Dolphin Theatre, is putting on a magnificent production of Macbeth, the play that, superstition says, always brings bad luck. But one night the claymore swings and the dummy's head is more than real: murder behind the scene. Luckily, Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn is in the audience.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512321
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2002
1982

Last Ditch

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Rickie Alleyn had come to the island to write, but village life was tedious - until he found a dead stablehand. It might have ended there had Rickie not noticed some strange and puzzling things. Rickie's father, Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, is called in to investigate.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512291
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2001
1977