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Final Curtain

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Language  English
Publication date  1947
Originally published  1947
Preceded by  Died in the Wool
Genre  Detective fiction
Series  Roderick Alleyn
Media type  Print
Author  Ngaio Marsh
Followed by  Swing Brother Swing
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Publisher  Collins (UK) Little, Brown (US)
Similar  Ngaio Marsh books, Police books

Final Curtain is a 1947 novel by Ngaio Marsh, which was adapted for television in 1993 as part of the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries.


Agatha Troy Alleyn is waiting for the return of her husband Roderick Alleyn after a long separation during World War II. (The preceding two books in the series, Colour Scheme and Died in the Wool, concern Alleyn's work during the war.) While waiting, she accepts a commission to paint the celebrated actor Sir Henry Ancred at his home Ancreton Manor. While there, she witnesses the bitter family dynamics between Sir Henry, his children and grandchildren, which are complicated by the presence of his young mistress, Sonia Orrincourt. Soon after the portrait is finished, Sir Henry, who has been in poor health, dies seemingly of natural causes. Troy returns home and is reunited with her husband. Alleyn is soon assigned to investigate the death, and the case is quickly complicated by another murder.


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