A Review in Honour of National Poetry Month

Happy April

Death and the Dancing Footman

 

Death and the Dancing Footman

Ngaio Marsh

Collins, 1942

A splendid setting, dark and dramatic,
The guests all murderous, the host erratic;
Motives abound, the snow falls in,
A glorious house-party, steeped deep in sin.

It’s Cards on the Table, only far better,
As somewhere about, there’s a murder-abbetter;
The characters are interesting, the dilemmas seem tough,
Could have been a good read; but it’s not quite enough.

As the difficulty of being brought up on Christie,
Is that you’ll get the twist around page fifty,
Marsh can’t compare, and the reader rages,
Left very bored for the rest of the pages.

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