Death in Ecstasy (A Roderick Alleyn Mystery)

mass market paperback, 256 pages

English language

Published Oct. 15, 1997 by St. Martin's Paperbacks.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

When lovely Cara Quayne dropped dead to the floor after drinking the ritual wine at the House of the Sacred Flame, she was having a religious experience of a sort unsuspected by the other initiates. Discovering how the fatal prussic acid got into the bizarre group's wine is but one of the perplexing riddles that confronts Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn when he's called to discover who sent this wealthy cult member to her untimely death.

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A perfectly acceptable little Marsh

3 stars

There is a murder in a somewhat notable setting, a group of somewhat interesting suspects, there are Inspector Alleyn and the inevitable Fox of Scotland Yard. Eventually it turns out that one of the suspects is guilty, and is arrested and will presumably be tried, and likely convicted.

Nothing (and I suppose this is a spoiler, if only a negative one) especially mysterious or puzzling happens, there are no particular surprises or twists, and as a result one comes away with rather a neutral feeling about the whole thing.

Still, there are much worse ways that one could have spent the time.

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