Black As He's Painted

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Macmillan, Dec 15, 1999 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Portrait of a murder...

Superintendent Roderick Alleyn's old school chum-- whom his wife Troy longs to paint-- is now President of Ng'ombwana, a brand-new African republic. This handsome, charismatic dictator has enemies of every stripe: from ruddy-faced ex-colonists to new rivals, from dispossessed businessmen to racist crackpots. But when a ceremonial spear deals death at his lavish embassy party in London, Alleyn must decipher the victim's last utterance and expose an assassin's true colors...

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User Review  - Herenya - LibraryThing

This one of Marsh’s later murder mysteries. The president of a (fictional) newly-independent African country visits London and a murder occurs at the embassy. This one is a mixture of things I really ... Read full review

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User Review  - NormaDruid - LibraryThing

Ngaio Marsh, being a New Zealander, was fascinated by color and racial differences and used them many times in her books. She was probably more sensitive to the Maori people than to Africans, but I ... Read full review

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From her first book in 1934 to her final volume just before her death in 1982, Ngaio Marsh's work has remained legendary, and is often compared to that of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. During her celebrated fifty-year career, Marsh was made a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, was named Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire, won numerous prestigious awards, and penned 32 mystery novels.

Now St. Martin's Dead Letter Mysteries is thrilled to make all of Marsh's novels available again for old fans to relish and new ones to discover. So sit back, draw the curtains, lock the doors, and put yourself in the hands of Grande Dame of detective novels...

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