When in Rome: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #26 (Inspectr Roderick Alleyn)

When in Rome: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #26 (Inspectr Roderick Alleyn)


In 1968 Ngaio Marsh took her personal Roman vacation (in half to investigate Italian police strategies) and the switch turns out to have performed her solid: either her British and U.S. brokers believed When in Rome to be the best novel in her "Inspector Alleyn" sequence. As is so frequently (and so satisfyingly) the case, the story issues a homicide inside a closed group—in this situation, a gaggle of visitors traveling what Marsh calls the "Basilica di San Tommaso," who locate themselves fumbling right into a complicated net of blackmail and drug-smuggling. including a few impossible to resist colour are depictions of either La Dolce Vita (of which Marsh took a jaundiced view) and the scholar radicals of the day, whom she turns out to have discovered a little extra persuasive. All in all, a super instance of vintage Golden Age plotting melded with a decidedly house Age cast.

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