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Andrea K Höst

Australian writer of science fiction and fantasy.
Spinsters in Jeopardy - Ngaio Marsh At first glance "Spinsters in Jeopardy" seems like a reversion to the early Alleyns. Drug rings and cults are not prime material. However, it's a solid book, not least because one of the spinsters turns out to be a courageous meek creature, and overall it keeps you reading. The story is as much a glimpse on the Alleyn family life, with the first introduction of their son, Ricky, who only appears in a handful of the novels. Reading these in order makes me realise that he appeared a little over halfway through the series, showing up the issues with time marching on for a series detective. Alleyn at this point would have to be at least fifty, and since Ricky is full-grown in one of the last novels, that would push Alleyn into at least his late sixties for the final books.But, like most of the Golden Age detectives, quite timeless.