A Wreath for Rivera

A Wreath for Rivera Red hot jazz meets cold blooded murder When Lord Pastern Bagott takes up with the hot music of Breezy Bellair and his Boys his disapproving wife Cecile has than usual to be unhappy about The band s d

  • Title: A Wreath for Rivera
  • Author: Ngaio Marsh
  • ISBN: 9780312966065
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • Red hot jazz meets cold blooded murder.When Lord Pastern Bagott takes up with the hot music of Breezy Bellair and his Boys, his disapproving wife Cecile has than usual to be unhappy about The band s devastatingly handsome but roguish accordionist, Carlos Rivera, has taken a rather intense and mutual interest in her precious daughter Felicite So when a bit of strangeRed hot jazz meets cold blooded murder.When Lord Pastern Bagott takes up with the hot music of Breezy Bellair and his Boys, his disapproving wife Cecile has than usual to be unhappy about The band s devastatingly handsome but roguish accordionist, Carlos Rivera, has taken a rather intense and mutual interest in her precious daughter Felicite So when a bit of strange business goes awry and actually kills him, it s lucky that Inspector Roderick Alleyn is in the audience Now Alleyn must follow a confusing score that features a chorus of family and friends desperate to hide the truth and perhaps shelter a murderer in their midst.

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    1. I absolutely love British mysteries. True, they are not realistic: more an exercise in cerebration than realistic criminal investigation. It is a sort of magic trick-literary sleight of hand. We try to guess - without success - "whodunit"; and we are delighted when in the last chapter, the detective tells us how the trick was performed.Ngaio Marsh is one of queens of British crime fiction, up there with the likes of Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and P.D.James. And she writes much of the same t [...]

    2. I enjoy the Chief Inspector Alleyn mysteries very much. The series, by Ngaio Marsh is right there with other classic mystery series; like those by Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Elizabeth Daly, amongst others. I've read 7 or 8 of the Alleyn books and they get better with each new story. A Wreath for Rivera, also written under the title (Swing Brother Swing) is the 15th Alleyn story. I'm reading it out of sequence as I've followed them in order for the most part, but it doesn't take away [...]

    3. All build-up, then -- fizzle.There's this crazy cast of (to me rather annoying and unlikable) characters: the family of rich eccentrics, lounge musicians, drug dealers, magazine columnists and then once we get the relationships and plot all worked out, it's over. Disappointing. I felt bad for the one pleasant character, having to put up with selfish jerks, and gropey creeps and murder and then not even getting a denouement. And I know Marsh stereotypes of Italians and "Latins" is par for the tim [...]

    4. Ngaio Marsh enters the post-war years in 1949’s Swing, Brother, Swing, titled A Wreath for Rivera in America and still published under that name on my version of the audiobook. Lord George Pastern, renowned for extreme eccentricity, seems to have finally lost his sanity when he practically builds up a murder case against himself. Lord Pastern has gotten into jazz and playing the drums convincing Breezy Bellair to let him do a special piece with Bellair’s famous jazz band. They do a musical n [...]

    5. Inspector Alleyn and Fox encounter jazz, drugs and a gossip magazine clashing with a dysfunctional society family.

    6. Disappointing. This one sort of encapsulates a lot of what is sometimes wrong with these for me.Fox and Alleyn are their usual charming selves, but there's too little of them, and they show up to late. And everyone else who is involved in the mystery is annoying.Basically, this centres around a ridiculously eccentric English Peer. His family/friends get called together, because his step-daughter is about to make an unfortunate engagement, and he's decided to take up with a Jazz/Swing band. Then [...]

    7. A highly enjoyable, riveting mystery, right up there with Night at the Vulcan as one of my favourite Marsh novels. I had almost given up on finding another book of hers that so perfectly balanced an interesting ensemble of characters, a puzzling mystery and slight romance until I picked this up.The characters here are probably the highlight, as well as Alleyn's constant presence. The mystery here is also very much a focus, unlike some of Marsh's other novels where it's almost an afterthought. Ma [...]

    8. Another lovely Marsh cozy. Though this mystery was very far-fetched and didn't have a satisfying closure, I am in love with the way this woman writes. Describing a character; "She had the air of being encased in a transparent, closely fitting film that covered her head as well as her clothes and permitted no disturbance of her surface. She had the faultless diction and balanced phraseology of the foreigner who has perfect command but no love of the English language."Or a woman who walks into a b [...]

    9. This really should be 3 1/2 stars, because it's better than a 3 but not quite a 4. Mainly because so many of the characters were either unlikable or idiotic, I guess - I still enjoyed reading it again. An eccentric peer becomes a drummer with a swing band, and drags his family along for his solo debut in a piece he has composed. The band puts up with him primarily for the publicity, because his antics have made him popular with the press. His wife would like to divorce him, and does her best to [...]

    10. Ngaio Marsh wrote 32 Inspector Alleyn mysteries. I started reading them by order of publication date a few years ago after cleaning a few of them out of my mother's house. I have completed the set via used book stores and send them off to my mother to re-read once I finish them. This book is about the half-way point and appears to be the first one I have included in . Like most of my ratings, it is a four. Instead of chastising myself over my lack of variation in scoring or my lack of differenti [...]

    11. A bit confusing at the beginning with the introductory scenes setting up different character relationships. Once I got into it, it was ok. None of the characters was very likable, even Carlisle, who could have been more forthcoming with Alleyn. We find out Troy is pregnant, and Fox will be the godfather. And Alleyn and Fox have their close relationship. In fact, when the assistant police inspector offers up that this case may be similar to the one in the Purloined Letter, Alleyn says "Fox, my ca [...]

    12. What an insightful writer Ngaio Marsh was. I would have liked an Epilogue on the other characters, but Marsh has left that to us.

    13. A Trump-like character (but smarter) in egotistical, selfish, bullying, vain, whimsical, conniving Lord Pastern and Baggott. Good story, though I got bogged down a bit at the end.

    14. The ending is rushed and a little too cutesy but the rest of it was very interesting. I'm still waiting, though, for the murderer to be someone you don't already despise.

    15. Originally published on my blog here in August 1998.Another formulaic mystery from Ngaio Marsh. The jazz band setting gives this a rather thirties feel, though the band is clearly modelled on Spike Jones and the City Slickers rather than on a thirties act. IT features an eccentric peer, Lord Pastern & Bagot, who has periodic enthusiasms; his current hobby is jazz percussion. He persuades Breezy Bellairs to let him join "the Boys" on stage as a promotional stunt; this will end with a trick wh [...]

    16. Lord Pastern & Baggot is known for his eccentric, short-lived whims, and this time he's determined to play timpani in a popular local club band. Unfortunately, his French stepdaughter has fallen head over heels for the slick Argentinian piano-accordionist--or at least she insists she has, though his jealousy frightens her. Meanwhile, cousin Carlisle (female) is in town for a visit, and begins to take notice of her distant cousin Edward Manx--but is he interested in her, or in her French cous [...]

    17. [These notes were made in 1985:]. A sleazy accordion-player in a fashionable swing band is shot at (as part of the act) by the guest drummer, an eccentric peer, whose daughter the accordion-player - Carlos - is courting. The accordion-player dies of a steel dart (part of an umbrella) through the heart. Later complications include the disclosure that Carlos was drug-running, and his manager/conductor, Breezy Bellairs, was one of his clients; that a newspaper agony columnist to whom they have all [...]

    18. Wonderful book. It doesn't matter how many clues the author leaves, I always fail to spot the motive and murderer. With her eye for detail, she effortlessly allows the reader to enter into the world of the 1930s. Inspector Alleyn is an attractive character and as the books progress, it is very enjoyable to find out more about his background, family and wife. I'm steadily reading my way through all in the series and I'm not looking forward to the moment when I have finished them. They are interes [...]

    19. The murder itself was unnecessarily complicated, and there were more ethnic slurs that I've seen in other Marsh novels so far. However, the characterizations were vivid and interesting, and the pace was very brisk. This was another one where Alleyn wraps the mystery up at breakneck speed, which made it a very quick read.There are some definite class issues here, and the scene where Fox shows why he is so good at interviewing servants and Alleyn is not is interesting, but also sad somehow, since [...]

    20. Classic British Golden Age whodunit with the added asperity of a Marsh novel. Unlike Christie, she spells out the people types with clearer language, not relying on the coded euphemisms as much as Christie does. Christie seems a tad too much upper crust while Marsh seems to enjoy varieties of people more, although she tends to stick to cults and theatre people along with flighty young beneficiaries of peers. In this book, I really hated Felicite - a high maintenance type ough Marsh is more chari [...]

    21. This was my first experience of Ngaio Marsh and although I'm more of a fan of contemporary fiction, I love crime stories (just as well because I write them too!). I'm also English so listening to (the audiobook) quaint English added to the experience and the narrator (Anton Lesser) was the perfect choice, pitching male and female voices perfectly.Whilst the plot seemed somewhat lacking in sparkle (but then I'm not a jazz fan so that didn't help), I didn't guess 'whodunnit' so was pleasantly surp [...]

    22. The more I reread Marsh the clearer her fascination with the aristocracy stands out. She cleverly plays her series protagonist, Alleyn, as disliking the ways in which the aristocracy treat him differently because he is one of their own -- and yet we are constantly being reminded of those things about Alleyn that are clear class markers. As for the murderer itself -- Marsh sets out a scene in which various members of the aristocracy have a good reason to commit murder and then pawns off the actua [...]

    23. A pleasant read, although wincingly stereotypical at points (particularly in regards to the victim). Some interesting characters, and some annoying ones; Carlisle is among the former, and Fee among the latter. Lord and Lady Pastern are immensely larger than life.The ending is disappointing and peters out without giving us a denouement for Carlisle and Ned. I came away feeling cheated; I would also have dearly loved to see Lady Pastern's reaction to the mystery's solution (and to Lord Pastern's l [...]

    24. Alleyn runs into a very tricky murder mystery on his night off. Going with wife Troy to see the first performance of the infamously zany Lord Pastern & Baggott on drums with a well-known jazz band turns out to have been a bad idea, when the performance ends with the death of the extremely dubious piano-accordionist. Motives abound among Lord Pastern's own family & inner circle, as well as among various members of the band. This book does another good job of showcasing Marsh's wry sense o [...]

    25. Another 25 cent treasure from the Library's book sale rack--about 10 ? years ago, my reading resolution was to read all of Ngaio Marsh's novels, and I did it. Still, while I remembered the basic shape of this story, I had forgotten the plot and the killer, so this was a lot of fun to reread. Marsh's books are a pleasure in general, each predictable and unique in its own way, and Wreath is no exception. Lord Pastern and Baggott is incredibly annoying, Alleyn appealing as always, and I do wish the [...]

    26. One of my favourite Marsh mysteries. Mainly because of all the times I laughed out loud while reading this. I love Marsh's descriptions, her quirky cast of characters, the overall mystery. Yes, I do acknowledge that this mystery was not really believable, and neither were the characters, but the main reason I read is for the enjoyment factor. I don't expect mysteries to make me laugh out loud, unless I'm reading Georgette Heyer, but this one did, therefore it gets high points in my opinion. I al [...]

    27. I quite enjoyed this one -- a bit longer than some of hers, but the mystery was very well designed. She did an excellent job of making it a solvable (though not easily solvable) puzzle, by introducing a few key points which obviously needed to be figured out. One of those ones where you're constantly looking back to the original descriptions, to try and pick out the discontinuities in the later witness statements.

    28. I do love them old detective talesThere are some places where Ngaio Marsh shows her ignorance of drugs and the drug trade, but in her classic style she gives us reliable Alleyn and Fox solving another sad case.I give it a 3 because it is a smooth story but not, in the least, exceptional. A comfortable tale with a couple of interesting characters, some muddled bewilderment, silliness, and general confusion to give the case some twists and turns.

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