When in Rome Murder takes a Roman holidayOn an exclusive guided tour of Rome s ancient ruins a motley crew of tourists gets than the price of admission For amidst the serpentine passages of an underground crypt

  • Title: When in Rome
  • Author: Ngaio Marsh
  • ISBN: 9780515075045
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • Murder takes a Roman holidayOn an exclusive guided tour of Rome s ancient ruins, a motley crew of tourists gets than the price of admission For amidst the serpentine passages of an underground crypt, the shady tour guide disappears, a mysterious murder occurs, and Inspector Roderick Alleyn undercover on an international drug bust must focus his keen eye on thanMurder takes a Roman holidayOn an exclusive guided tour of Rome s ancient ruins, a motley crew of tourists gets than the price of admission For amidst the serpentine passages of an underground crypt, the shady tour guide disappears, a mysterious murder occurs, and Inspector Roderick Alleyn undercover on an international drug bust must focus his keen eye on than just Rome s breathtaking sights

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    1. Last read 13th November 2013 - Beautiful writing - it conveyed most powerfully the sense of Romebut let down somewhat by it's dated air. Set in the 1960s, use of words like 'groovy' and 'turn on' (for drugs) made me flinch a bit - especially when the 1930s set books seem timeless, somehow. The usual suspects, homophobia, snobbery and xenophobia rear their ugly little heads - you read Ngaoi Marsh despite these, not because of them, though they are instructive in their way of a world-view that see [...]

    2. The setting for the murder is so evocative I wished I could see it. But when an identical “fictional” church was the setting for the first murder in Elizabeth Peters’ The Seventh Sinner, a little research showed that it’s the Basilica of San Clemente that’s being described. With two such authors plugging it, this is going to be high on my list of sites to visit if I ever get to Rome!

    3. I love Ngaio Marsh and have most of her books. Having said that, I must add that this book was a huge disappointment. It is one of her later books. She is writing in a decade in which she is not quite comfortable and it shows. Plot was very thin as well as character development.

    4. Inspector Alleyn is in Rome looking into a drug smuggling case. He signs up for a tour because the tour cicerone might be one of his suspects. The other people on the tour are quite a mixed bag. A young girl, a famous author who is the guest of honor but doesn't seem to happy about it, a German/Dutch couple, a retired army man, and a dissipated young man and his equally dissipated aunt. While they are touring San Tommaso, which covers several centuries architecturally as one goes farther into it [...]

    5. I read this as part of an omnibus which also included "Clutch of Constables" and "Tied up in tinsel". This was first published in 1970 and I probably first read it at the end of the 1970s. Alleyn is in Rome on the trail of an international drug smuggling gang and enrolls on a posh tour of Rome. The other characters on the tour are mainly the bizarre characters which the author loves to create. During the tour the guide mysteriously disappears and later a dead body is found. Alleyn solves the mur [...]

    6. Readable and competently written but not one of my favourite Ngaio Marsh novels. The Roderick Alleyn books fall loosely into the country-house murder tradition but in this one it all seems a bit tired.

    7. 3.75 stars.Roman goodness! The setting was excellent and the characters fabulous. I knew when the murder was committed, but was unsure of the murderer for a while—which is rare for a Marsh book for me.This makes me want to take another trip to Rome. Good stuff.

    8. Servicable if dated (lots of late-60s slang) mystery from Classic Mystery "Queen of Crime" Marsh. The star attraction is the city of Rome itself.

    9. I always enjoy Ngaio Marsh's books. Great story, clever mystery, and authentic character development (based on my having spent time in Rome within 5 years of when this book was published).

    10. I liked this one. The exotic locale of Rome made for a lovely change of scene. The whodunits made sense in the end, but I didn't guess them all.

    11. Ничего особенного!С удивлением только что прочитал в Википедии, что многие считают эту книгу одной из лучших у Найо Марш! Мне же она показалось достаточно сухой и схематичной. Не хватило жены Родерика и Фокса. Эти персонажи всегда придавали этой серии какое-то чувство дома [...]

    12. Originally published on my blog here in July 1999.Despite an initial feeling that When in Rome would join the list of below standard Marsh novels, it did grow on me as entertaining crime fiction as I read it. There are jarring elements - the offensive portrayal of the Italian police as incompetent and corrupt, the stereotypical drugs scene - but these are not so obvious as to totally destroy the reader's enjoyment.Alleyn has travelled to Rome as part of an ongoing investigation into internationa [...]

    13. On the tail of an international drug smuggler, Alleyn joins a guided tour in Rome. When a corpse turns up and the drug smuggler goes missing, Alleyn must sift through the stories of his fellow tourists to find the truth.Pluses:* I liked both Barnaby and Sophy. I also liked the Baron and Baroness.Minuses:* Alleyn gets to be Athletic, shimmying down a rope into a well in a catacomb, but apart from that he's pretty unnecessary. The calisthenics Marsh has to do to get him even nominally important to [...]

    14. Superintendent Alleyn is in Rome doing some undercover sleuthing in connection with a drugs ring. He joins an organised tour run by the singularly unpleasant Sebastian Mailer.When Mailer disappears during a tour of a Roman Basilica his tour party don't seem too bothered about it and some even seem relieved. In between liaising with the Italian police Alleyn does some digging of his own and finds himself the recipient of confidences from the rest of the party.I enjoyed this very well plotted myst [...]

    15. 4:14 A.M. Babysitting day two. The baby is wide awake and has been since two A.M. It has occurred to me that we are not going back to sleep. I give up on lulling baby back to sleep with Planet Earth documentaries, figure out how to put on Peppa Pig on Netflix and start When in Rome.I finish it while she is having her nap. I attempted to nap and couldn't. Good mystery, but I rated this a three on account of Ngaio Marsh's attempts at groovy drug slang. I then added a star back because it's too hil [...]

    16. I've read the first Roderick Alleyn novel and I've read this one. Though I largely enjoyed both I feel I may not have hit the vintage just yet. I like the structure of the book. I like the characters who are rather more entertaining than fully developed. I just feel she was a little out of touch with the cultures she was trying to portray. She's great on the church and brings the decoration to life vividly and quite gorgeously. She's less convincing on the more decadent episodes. It creaks with [...]

    17. I don't know how many thousand murder mysteries I've read, but unbelievably this is my first one by Ngaio Marsh. It was published in 1971 but felt 20 years earlier in the attitudes and language of her characters. They were all pretty much stock types, and she put them through their paces with some grace; but basically it was a pretty routine plot with the Roman policemen generally on the wrong track and only Inspector Alleyn having a real sense of what was going on. The real murderer was only re [...]

    18. I listened to this from Audible and here is the review I posted there: Didn't realize how old this novel was, or that it was part of a series, when I got it. My favorite part was that the setting, St. Thomasino's, reminded me of St. Clement's - one of my favorite spots on my one visit to Rome. The characters are comical, but I did not develop empathy for any of them. It's a fairly formulaic "who done it," but without having read or listened to any previous Inspector Allen stories, I didn't reall [...]

    19. In that great casting agency in the sky, there is a grand population of the stock characters of the British mystery. There is the Old Military Man, the gay guy (who dares not speak his name), the sturdy lady (sometimes likewise forbidden to speak her name) who bicycles through the country in her sensible shoes, the exotics who speak with a foreign accent of some generic, unidentifiable variety, and many others. While there are always good parts for these folks, I'm sure they are most happy to be [...]

    20. 2015-04-03 startednished listening 2015-04-05. Quite enjoyed the mystery and characters of this one, but another Marsh book afflicted with racist language that I suppose caused no one to even flinch in the author's circles. Though far from riddled with examples, nonetheless, I don't believe in pretending casual racism didn't (and doesn't) exist; such period pieces demonstrate unambiguously just how bald yet off-hand it could be. I started reading / listening to the Inspector Allen series expecti [...]

    21. When in Rome was first published in 1970 and you can tell in some of the dialogue and phrases, like groovy. It’s also very drug heavy and there’s a “party” that fits into the fictional version of the era. Aside from that, it’s a typical Marsh mystery. Some interesting characters, Inspector Alleyn being his usual handsome, intelligent self. You can read my whole review, with a minor spoiler, at Carol's Notebook.

    22. I first came to Ngaio Marsh because I found an abridged audiobook of Death in a White Tie, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, whom I LOVE. Since then, I've picked up other Marsh books when I need something light, and this one was a good choice. I can easily picture BC as Barnaby Grant (and more as Sebastian Mailer, although I wouldn't want his screen time curtailed). Unlike many of Marsh's other books, Alleyn makes an early appearance, which is enjoyable. The descriptions of the elderly divorcee [...]

    23. This is Ngaio Marsh's attempt at reflecting the 'Swinging Sixties' society and she really doesn't pull it off. Alleyn is on his own in Rome, on the trail of international drug-smugglers when he gets caught up in murder. The characters are straight from central casting( 1960's) with a spoilt rich kid, his world-weary, much-married aunt, an ex-Army major and some shifty but charming Italians. Marsh drops in words like 'groovy' but it doesn't feel at all natural and I found myself totally indiffere [...]

    24. While I've enjoyed most of Marsh's books that I've read, I think this one is my least favorite. It's from later in her career and while the writing showed improvement, the story itself just didn't work for me. I'm still confused by who the killers actually were as well as their motivations. Alleyn didn't seem to be his usual self and I don't think all of that is due to him being in Rome rather than London and having to work with a different group of laws. None of the characters really grabbed me [...]

    25. I will just say that you can't go wrong with Ngaio Marsh when looking for a classic murder mystery. Often compared to Agatha Christie, it is important to note that our sleuth is a male and an. inspector. The reader is treated to a view of an ancient Roman grotto, as well as an eclectic group of tourists, anyone of which might be involved in the mysterious missing tour guide and the death of a pddler woman.

    26. Every Marsh book has a unique genre, and she masters them all with apparent ease. In this casea spy thriller in the style of John le Carré. And like le Carré's novels, I had only a vague notion of what was going on. Double- and triple-crosses, secret assignations and innuendoes, muttered confidences, and several languages flying past. Even at the end I'm not 100% sure of all of the subplotsbut I enjoyed it nonetheless.

    27. I love Ngaio Marsh any way and this one did not disappoint. She is an intellectual writer who assumes her reader understands the references and quotes she gives her characters. The story was entertaining and the mystery maintained to the end. I did guess a couple of minor things but she'd so clearly flagged them to be discovered that they helped make the end more interesting. Excellent book. I feel inspired to read all the ones I've missed in this series.

    28. Superintendent Roderick Alleyn is undercover in Rome trying to get the goods on a drug smuggling ring. He goes on a sight-seeing tour in Rome. Murders ensue naturally (and romance, though not for Alleyn).I was in Rome in 2007 and was taken back to that romantic time by some of the sights mentioned in the novel. I found Rome to be more romantic than Paris, though maybe it was the company I was in.

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