A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh

A Man Lay Dead

Roderick Alleyn #1

Ngaio Marsh

fiction crime mystery dark mysterious medium-paced

176 pages | first published 1934

Description

At Sir Hubert Handesley's country house party, five guests have gathered for the uproarious parlor game of "Murder." Yet no one is laughing when the lights come up on an actual corpse, the good-looking and mysterious Charles Rankin. Scotland Yard'...
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Moods

mysterious 100%
lighthearted 42%
adventurous 35%
dark 21%
tense 21%
funny 14%
emotional 7%
relaxing 7%

Pace

medium 53%
fast 38%
slow 7%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 88% | A mix: 11%

Strong character development?

No: 72% | Yes: 18% | It's complicated: 9%

Loveable characters?

No: 36% | Yes: 27% | It's complicated: 18% | N/A: 18%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 91% | Yes: 8%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 60% | Yes: 30% | It's complicated: 10%

Average rating

3.39