Ngaio Marsh: Tied Up in Tinsel: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #27
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It s 1972, and whileElton John and Alice Cooper may be topping the charts, Inspector Alleyn s latest case is set in that most gloriously retro environment: The country-house party. A Christmas party, as it happens, where Agatha Troy is enjoying the local holiday pageant and also painting the host s portrait. The painting s coming along fine, but the pageant goes a little pear-shaped when one of the players disappears. Could one of the party s eccentric guests (are there any other kind? ) have been involved? Or perhaps more likely could the finger of blame come to rest on one of the manor-house servants, each of whom happens to be a recent prison parolee? What luck Inspector Alleyn is on hand to wrap up the questions into the perfect Christmas parcel. '