Inspector Roderick Alleyn is the protagonist in a series of detective fiction novels by New Zealand author Ngaio Marsh. Alleyn is a gentleman detective and very much part of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. Alleyn begins the series as a 40 year-old detective chief-inspector at Scotland Yard.

Ngaio Marsh debuted her Roderick Alleyn character with her own debut novel, A Man Lay Dead, in 1934. The series lasted 32 novels until 1982’s Light Thickens, at which point the author passed away. Below is a list of Ngaio Marsh’s Roderick Alleyn books in order of when they were originally published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Roderick Alleyn Books


A Man Lay Dead(1934) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Enter a Murderer(1935) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Nursing Home Murder(1935) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in Ecstasy(1936) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vintage Murder(1937) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Artists in Crime(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in a White Tie(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Overture to Death(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death at the Bar(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Peer(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death and the Dancing Footman(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Colour Scheme(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Died in the Wool(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Final Curtain(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Wreath for Rivera(1949) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Night at the Vulcan(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Spinsters in Jeopardy(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Scales of Justice(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Fool(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Singing in the Shrouds(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
False Scent(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hand in Glove(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Water(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killer Dolphin(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Clutch of Constables(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
When in Rome(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tied Up in Tinsel(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black As He's Painted(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Last Ditch(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Grave Mistake(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Photo Finish(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Light Thickens(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Death of a Peer was also published as Surfeit of Lampreys. A Wreath for Rivera was also titled Swing, Brother, Swing. Night at the Vulcan is also known as Opening Night. Spinsters in Jeopardy is also known as The Bride of Death. Death of a Fool is alternatively titled Off With His Head. Killer Dolphin was also published under the title Death at the Dolphin.

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