The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries is a British detective television series adapted from nine of the Roderick Alleyn novels by Ngaio Marsh.
Alleyn travels to the far from sleepy village of Swevenings, where a man has been found bludgeoned to death by a stream. The dead man, an old soldier, was planning the publication of the war memoirs of his friend Sir Harold Lacklander, and Alleyn needs to find out who was most threatened by this. Apart from petty vendettas, he finds a femme fatale and a retired soldier whose main pastimes are whisky and archery.
In the spring of 1948, Sir Hubert Handesley livens up a week-end party at his country house, Frantock Hall, with a jolly game of murder - but Charles Rankin, a guest who brought with him a valuable dagger, really does end up dead. When Inspector Alleyn of Scotland Yard is called in, he finds he has to solve more than one mystery, as some valuable things, including a famous and silver chalice, have disappeared without a trace. Is he dealing with a murder by thieves, a theft to cover a murder, or two quite separate crimes? Alleyn's new friend Agatha Troy is among the guests, and it seems she disapproves of his methods.
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