2007: 123. The Nursing Home Murder

“The Home Secretary, with an air of finality, laid down the papers from which he had been reading and glanced around the table.”

The Nursing Home Murder, Ngaio Marsh

The blurb on the cover of my copy notwithstanding, I have to tell you folks that Marsh does not write better than Christie.  This was a super boring book.  It tells the story of a MP and member of the Cabinet who dies on the operating table.  It is determined to be murder, and the suspects include the nurse he had had an affair with, the surgeon (his former dear friend) who loves the nurse, another nurse who is an anarchist, his sister, who slipped him an odd patent medicine, and of course everyone else in the operating room.  The characters were super, super boring and cliched, and the ending was emotionally unsatisfying, and I find these closed room murders always sort of fake and confusing.  Not a great book.  There are, as I have said, some Marsh novels with engaging characters, but this is not one of those.  Plus, there is a ridiculous communist/anarchist angle that bored me to tears.


Recommended for:  People who don’t trust doctors.

Date/Place Completed: 8/5/07; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Possible Re-read (not that I remembered a word!)

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