Thursday, March 08, 2012
Clutch of Constables
By Ngaio Marsh
Book number 25 in the Roderick Alleyn series, this one stars Mrs. Alleyn, who has just finished an art show featuring her work and, on impulse, takes a several day river cruise. But what starts out as an innocent cruise turns deadly when one of the passengers is killed and tossed in the river.
This was an OK story. It switches between the cruise, Mrs. Alleyn's letters to her policeman husband and her husband's after-the-fact lecture to his fellow police. That was one of the things I didn't care for in the story, where Alleyn reveals important details of the case to his fellow cops but the reader is only told it is an important detail, but not what the actual detail is. Of course, the author doesn't want to give away too much too soon, but I found it kind of annoying.