Review – A Surfeit of Lampreys

Posted 18 July, 2016 by Nikki in Reviews / 0 Comments

Cover of Surfeit of Lampreys, by Ngaio MarshA Surfeit of Lampreys, Ngaio Marsh

There’s stuff to like about A Surfeit of Lampreys; the character portraits, the commentary on the family, the fact that it brings in Bathgate and ties some of that stuff together… but overall, I’ve totally lost my motivation to read Ngaio Marsh’s books. There’s a same-y feel to them, the characters aren’t nearly as brilliant as, say, Dorothy L. Sayers’, and it comes out feeling a little too heavy and flat, with not enough payoff. The mysteries are intricate, but everything just unravels so slowly.

I know other people think Ngaio Marsh is amazing, and I did enjoy some of the earlier books, but Inspector Alleyn feels kind of stale now.

Rating: 2/5

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