Times are good in the Cornish village of Portcarrow, as hundreds of unfortunates flock to taste the miraculous waters of Pixie Falls. Then Miss Emily Pride inherits the celebrated land on which Portcarrow stands and wants to put an end to the villagers’ thriving trade in miracle cures, especially Miss Elspeth Cost’s gift shop. But someone puts an end to Miss Cost herself, and Miss Pride’s guardian angel, Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, finds him on the spot in both senses of the word....
©1960 Ngaio Marsh (P)2010 AudioGO Ltd
Dead Water is extremely well written and highly ingenious in the plotting. Characters are well drawn. Dead Water is easily among Marsh's best. If you like Dorothy Sayers you'll like Ngaio Marsh. Narration is superb. James Saxon has a voice like a big, well-creased, character-actor's face: capable of a thousand variations of tone, inflection, implication, and characterization.
I've enjoyed Marsh's other novels, but this one was very difficult to get into. I lean toward British mysteries, as their plots have many twists and turns and always keeps one thinking; however, I found this to be a very slow and not very interesting. Also, although I have enjoyed Saxon's narration of other books, this, in my opinion, was not his best.
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