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A Man Lay Dead, Inspector Alleyn #1

A Man Lay Dead: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #1 (Inspectr Roderick Alleyn) - Ngaio Marsh

This is a classic, country house murder mystery, and the first of the Alleyn mysteries. I really think Marsh is at her best writing this sort of English countryside whodunit. A weekend house party leads to a body with a ceremonial dagger thrust in its back. In the house there are blossoming relationships, some mysterious Russians, a secret brotherhood, and Alleyn is called in to investigate. The result is a fast-moving and satisfying mystery.