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I’ve had a busy few weeks and needed a comfort read. I love Ngaio Marsh’s series, but had never read the first, so I picked it up on Kindle the other day.

Mailbox Monday – 4/2A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
Series: Roderick Alleyn #1
Published by Felony & Mayhem Press on November 16, 2011 (first published 1934)
Source: Purchased
Genres: Vintage Mystery
Pages: 224
Format: eBook
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At Sir Hubert Handesley's country house party, five guests have gathered for the uproarious parlor game of "Murder." Yet no one is laughing when the lights come up on an actual corpse, the good-looking and mysterious Charles Rankin. Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to find a complete collection of alibis, a missing butler, and an intricate puzzle of betrayal and sedition in the search for the key player in this deadly game.

And Lisa Scottoline is an author I keep meaning to try.

Mailbox Monday – 4/2After Anna by Lisa Scottoline
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 10, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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Dr. Noah Alderman, a widower and single father, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie Ippolitti, and for the first time in a long time, he and his young son are happy. Despite her longing for the daughter she hasn’t seen since she was a baby, Maggie is happy too, and she’s even more overjoyed when she unexpectedly gets another chance to be a mother to the child she thought she'd lost forever, her only daughter Anna.

Maggie and Noah know that having Anna around will change their lives, but they would never have guessed that everything would go wrong, and so quickly. Anna turns out to be a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules, though Maggie, ecstatic to have her daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble brewing in a once-perfect marriage and home.

Events take a heartbreaking turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused and tried for the heinous crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her daughter, but the realization that Anna's murder may have been at the hands of a husband she loves. In the wake of this tragedy, new information drives Maggie to search for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.


  1. Did you know that there has been a recently published book “by” Marsh? It was based on her notes and completed by Stella Duffy with the estate’s blessing. I am not sure how I feel about this kinds of continuations of classic authors. I generally avoid them, but am I just being a book snob?

    1. No, I didn’t know that. Of course, once you mentioned it, I had to go on a search. It sounds like it’s one she didn’t finish by choice in the middle of her career. I don’t think I’ll pick it up, in part because I was so disappointed in Sophie Hannah’s Poirot a few years ago.

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