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The Nursing Home Murder By Ngaio Marsh The Nursing Home Murder When Britain s Home Secretary complained of abdominal pains it seemed like a simple case of appendicitis But minutes after his operation the ill fated politician lay dead on the table When Chief Det

  • Title: The Nursing Home Murder
  • Author: Ngaio Marsh
  • ISBN: 9780006512530
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Nursing Home Murder By Ngaio Marsh When Britain s Home Secretary complained of abdominal pains, it seemed like a simple case of appendicitis But minutes after his operation, the ill fated politician lay dead on the table When Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to dissect the situation, he finds many a likely suspect, including a vengeful surgeon, a lovelorn nurse, an unhappy wife, and a cabWhen Britain s Home Secretary complained of abdominal pains, it seemed like a simple case of appendicitis But minutes after his operation, the ill fated politician lay dead on the table When Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to dissect the situation, he finds many a likely suspect, including a vengeful surgeon, a lovelorn nurse, an unhappy wife, and a cabinet full of political foes.
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    1. Susan on said:

      This is the third novel featuring Roderick Alleyn and was first published in 1935 Home Secretary, Sir Derek O Callaghan is very involved in introducing a Bill to deal with anarchists and has received several threats to his life During the beginning of this novel, we are aware that Sir Derek has been having serious abdominal pains and has ignored suggestions he seek medical help until after the Bill has been successful Sir Derek s wife, the icy cool Cicely, does not press him to accept help, but [...]

    2. Nikki on said:

      This is my third Ngaio Marsh novel and I still have somewhat mixed feelings I m not into her detective character at all there s been too little personality and depth, just a lot of surface shine and the structure is now formulaic Set up for a murder with many potential motives murder which is very awkward for lots of people Alleyn investigates without explaining much to anyone Alleyn has a reconstruction done this flushes out the murderer, who incriminates himself without need for a trial, and w [...]

    3. Miriam on said:

      A singularly cold and dull mystery finished off with a ridiculous solution.

    4. Judy on said:

      I m reading through the Inspector Alleyn mysteries in order with the Reading the Detectives group at This third mystery is the best yet, with Alleyn really starting to come into his own as a character He is still witty and sometimes silly, but there are a few hints of hidden depths The title could be a bit misleading to contemporary readers, suggesting the book is set in a care home In fact, though, the setting is a private hospital, well before the arrival of the NHS A top politician, the home [...]

    5. Susan on said:

      This is the third novel featuring Roderick Alleyn and was first published in 1935 Home Secretary, Sir Derek O Callaghan is very involved in introducing a Bill to deal with anarchists and has received several threats to his life During the beginning of this novel, we are aware that Sir Derek has been having serious abdominal pains and has ignored suggestions he seek medical help until after the Bill has been successful Sir Derek s wife, the icy cool Cicely, does not press him to accept help, but [...]

    6. Roger Pettit on said:

      Ngaio Marsh, a New Zealander, was one of a group of women writers who dominated what is sometimes known as the Golden Age of British detective fiction that occurred in the 1930s and the 1940s The others were Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Margery Allingham Marsh does not have Christie s fiendish ingenuity when it comes to plotting a characteristic which, in my view, is what sets Christie apart from other writers of her era and since, and which has resulted in her continued pre eminence in [...]

    7. Abbey on said:

      1935, written with help on background by Henry Jellett 3 Inspector Roderick Alleyn, Scotland Yard, London famous and hated politician goes into private hospital for appendicitis operation and dies under peculiar circumstances classic cosy thriller, three and one half stars, not her very best but still entertaining Sir Derek O Callaghan, Home Secretary, is in the process of introducing a stringent anti Bolshivism bill in Parliament when he becomes very ill and is rushed to the private hospital of [...]

    8. Anna on said:

      I discovered Ngaio Marsh my senior year in high school and over the next few years read every one of her books I could get my hands on I am very happy to see that they are coming out as ebooks this is the second one available through my library.At the insistence of the deceased wife, Inspector Alleyn is puzzling over the death of the Home Secretary who died after an emergency operation His wife insists that the HS was murdered by the Anarchists and Communists who were threatening him The general [...]

    9. FangirlNation on said:

      Sir Derek O Callaghan, Home Secretary of England, has been too anxiously pushing through an anti anarchy bill in Parliament to deal with the growing pain in his stomach in 1935 s The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh Collapsing at the introduction of the bill, O Callaghan gets rushed to the nursing home of Sir John Phillips with a ruptured appendix, needing emergency surgery Sir Derek gets taken right into surgery against the urgings of Sir John, who encourages Lady O Callaghan to get a differe [...]

    10. Theresa on said:

      Not the best in her mystery series, The Nursing Home Murder , although not a lengthy read, was slow moving for me The author attempts to illustrate how unlikely it would be for murder in the setting of a sterile hospital operating room no fingerprints However she becomes a little too technical with the procedures this syringe, that syringe This anesthetic, this amount, that amount to be given at this time, that time for the reader Characters were not as realistically drawn and it was quite easy [...]

    11. Ellen on said:

      The Nursing Home Murders by Ngaio Marsh.This was my first Ngaio Marsh Inspector Alleyn mystery I ve read in book form Marvelously written with vivid detail given to each personality.The Home Secretary has a painful case of appendicitis and is taken to the hospital Unfortunately Sir Derek O Callaghan waited a bit too late and dies shortly after the surgery But is that all to this death Lady O Callaghan doesn t believe Sir Derek died of natural causes and employs Inspector Alleyn to do some invest [...]

    12. Jill Hutchinson on said:

      Another great read by one of the masters of the British golden age mystery, Ngaio Marsh Don t be misled by the nursing home in the title England, a nursing home is a hospital for patients recovering from surgery or illness In this case, the Home Secretary dies mysteriously after emergency surgery and the list of suspects ranges from Communists to pharmacists Roderick Alleyn and his faithful partner in detection Fox, are on the case and the game is afoot Add this one to your mystery collection.

    13. Bill on said:

      Most enjoyable mystery in the grand old tradition Inspector Alleyn is a cool, smart Scotland Yard inspector with a solid assistant in Fox Also has two old friends from his first book, Nigel and Angela The mystery is interesting, involving the murder of a Conservative politician on the operating table Lots of interesting suspects, twists and turns, involving a failed romance, Bolshevists, etc Super story and well crafted.

    14. Jeanette on said:

      Alleyn is the inspector in this case And it s a closed room mystery, for the most part Only that room was an operating theater There were numerous characters but I never got to their heart or personality Not enough depth in the characterizations for the possible culprit, IMHO These are like stilted, and much cozier Christie without the wit or the delicate insights into character and motive The writing is clear and the overall portrayal for the genre, average.

    15. Pamela on said:

      Sir Derek O Callaghan, the Home Secretary, falls ill with suspected appendicitis and is rushed to a private hospital The operation appears to be successful, but hours later Sir Derek is dead Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn investigates and finds that the surgeon and the theatre nurse both had reason to hate Sir Derek They were not the only ones he was also introducing a Bill to strengthen the penalties against anarchist groups and had received threats and Alleyn soon finds further connections t [...]

    16. Simon Mcleish on said:

      Originally published on my blog here in September 2001.Marsh s second novel is her only one written in collaboration its unique setting for one of her stories suggests that this was Jellett s major contribution It is also one of her poorest books, full of wild coincidences and unbelievable characters.The story takes a scare about anarchist terrorists as its starting point The Home Secretary, Sir Dereck O Callaghan, drafts a bill to curb these gangs, and, because of its importance, continues work [...]

    17. Andree on said:

      Again, didn t love this one as much as the first Do think I like it better than the second Alleyn is still a bit of an odd character for me In this, he remarks that the victim s wife may well be made out of marble, and that implies that she seems somehow so cold as to be inhuman, but I don t feel that these books do a hugely great job of humanizing him.The only humanizing traits in this were the occasional reading acts of Hamlet which also feels a bit on the nose for an aristocratic British dete [...]

    18. Jean-Luke on said:

      I enjoyed The Nursing Home Murder, but for all the wrong reasons The mystery was okay, but the reoccuring characters made the story for me I m so glad Marsh hasn t forgotten about the characters, such as Vassily and Angela North, from her earlier novels I ve also heard good things about Agatha Troy, so I m also eagerly awaiting her arrival somewhere in the next couple of books Marsh s characters are slowly but surely becoming people, with Fox learning French and Alleyn reading Hamlet, and that p [...]

    19. sage on said:

      Oh look, fluff with communists and eugenics Disability tag in the typically bad way Extremely fast and mostly ridiculous light reading Some of the social commentary specific to the time is nice, though

    20. Angie on said:

      Bit of an abrupt ending, but a sweet little mystery You have to remind yourself that they didn t have CSI back then, so as a medical whodunit it s weak to modern eyes Still a good one Inspector Alleyn is a pip.

    21. Sue on said:

      I enjoyed this book, the third in the Alleyn series I d say it was slightly less enjoyable than Enter a Murderer No 2 and much better than A Man Lay Dead No 1 The plot seemed relatively straightforward, with the man to be murdered known right near the beginning There was a Communist Socialist element to the plot, similar to the Russian sub plot of A Man Lay Dead It was relevant to the overall plot this time though, rather than an unnecessary bolted on addition I could believe in most of the cha [...]

    22. Susan on said:

      Another re read Sir Derek, a politician, has an appendicitis attack and is taken to a nearby nursing home for surgery, where he later dies However, we know from the first chapter that the surgeon at the home is his enemy because Sir Derek had a brief affair with one of his nurses with whom the surgeon is in love The spurned nurse isn t happy with him either Another nurse professes to be a Communist who would be happy to see the end of the upper classes Sir Derek also has a scatty sister who is c [...]

    23. Jeff Crosby on said:

      Back in the 1970s I burned through roughly half of the Alleyn mysteries before they began to become scarce after Marsh s death in 1982 I ve always wanted to finish the series, and now through ebooks that is possible For no specific reason, I started here maybe it was on sale.I had forgotten the smooth character of Alleyn and his rougher edged aid Fox This novel may prove difficult for some who are not familiar with the style of the 1930s writing, but if you like Christie and Wodehouse you ll do [...]

    24. Jj Li on said:

      This is a novel of red herrings Good, but not particularly inspiring wasn t particularly inspired the victim, and the piling on of love affairs and communists all the damn communists in every novel it s all so sordid and boring The sparkle of Alleyn, Angela and Bathgate s conversation saves the novel a bit, and I did enjoy the bit of foreshadowing from Bathgate Otherwise, a bit of a commonplacedr solid but not inspiring.

    25. Bodwisebooks on said:

      A good book, easy to read, clever plot and ends very well giving the explanatory reasons for how the crime was done I have a HB 1985 edition published by Collins within my collection not a first edition but of good condition with cover If you enjoy Agatha Christie, then you ll like Ngaio Marsh just as much.

    26. Sara Eames on said:

      A competent murder mystery with enough red herrings to keep you guessing The characters are well written but mainly unlikeable apart from Alleyn and Fox The plot moves at a steady but somewhat slow pace However, it is an enjoyable read if you like murder mysteries.

    27. Jill on said:

      I enjoyed this and certainly was a mystery to me I had no idea who the murderer was so that always means a good mystery to me A short appearance of Bathgate in this one , so hoping he fades in following books.

    28. Jessica on said:

      While I did like this book I can t say it was my favorite The distinct characters and setting were great, but I felt the plot itself was a little weak I enjoyed the previous book in the series much Alleyn is definitely growing on me though and I look forward to the next book.

    29. Maureen Mathews on said:

      Fascinating insight into pre WW2 British politics, terrorism, medical technologies, and the sunset of the British class system.

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