Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh

We had a little excitement this week. Our neighbors on the other side of the green belt somehow set the trees on fire. Josh and I ran over to see if they needed help. It was two women trying to put it out with buckets. We called 911 and soon the Fire Department took care of it. Good thing, too, because the winds were still strong and it might have quickly spread throughout the forest.

Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As the blurb says, this is classic Ngaio Marsh. There’s a reason why she’s one of my favorite mystery writers.

The characters are personable and lively. No one is a “type” or cardboard. The mystery had me going until the very end.

Investigator Alleyn is in the U.S. giving a lecture on how to find elusive criminals. He speaks of a specific criminal that they are currently searching for and what a master of disguises he is.

Little known to Alleyn, his wife, after an exhibition of her art, decided, on an impulse, has decided to embark on a boat trip up an English river to enjoy the lovely landscape.

She meets her fellow passengers, some strange, all very interesting. Little does she know that one of them is the very criminal that her husband is looking for.

This mystery had me going. I may have found it a little hard at first to keep track of all the characters, but I did get them sorted out and the ending, as always, was not what I expected.

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9 thoughts on “Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh

    1. If you get the chance, I think you’d enjoy her. By the way I’m watching an Australian movie about a murdered indigenous girl and an indigenous detective trying to solve the case. It shows how he’s stuck between being alone because the other policemen treat him differently and his own community resent him. It’s called Mystery Road, I’m finding it very interesting.

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    1. I know, right? At first I thought, “Is that really happening?” But we’re on the other side of the green belt so I thought, somebody better take action.

      Insert music and Pavarotti singing:


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  1. Fire can spread so quickly sometimes so I’m glad to hear it was put out in time and no one was hurt. It’s interesting you mention it being a little hard at first to keep track of all the characters. That’s an issue I often have with mysteries. It doesn’t stop me from enjoying them, but it does take a little extra effort to keep track of who’s who.

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    1. Hi Todd, i have noticed that some of the novels have a glossary of characters in the front. But I don’t like to look at it in case it gives anything away.

      Really enjoying your photos! It’s like a breath of fresh air.


  2. Sharon I am not familiar with this author but she sounds like someone I want to check out. So glad you were home to
    help your neighbors keep the fire under control. It is always frightening when a fire gets out of control. Take care friend. Hugs!

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    1. I think you would enjoy her. Yes I’m feeling rather heroic, even if I only called 911. Like I told Todd, I so enjoy your photos. You should check Todd’s blog out. He’s a professional and takes fantastic nature photos.


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