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  • Artists in Crime

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion.

    Charles says: "Aii! Abridged"
    "Ngaio Marsh and Benedict Cumberbatch together!"
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    Would you listen to Artists in Crime again? Why?

    Ngaio Marsh is one of my very favorite authors. Her mysteries are tight, settings - 1930s and later, usually British - charming, detective and cronies are wonderful people with whom to spend time, and stories are a bit edgier than Christie's. We meet Agatha Troy in this book; she returns in subsequent Det. Alleyn mysteries. I reread Marsh books frequently, and now will re-listen as well.


    What about Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance did you like?

    He has a charming voice which is very easy to listen to and understand, and he does a nicely reasonable job of varying character voices. His female characters don't sound ridiculous, though his fortunately-infrequent attempt at voicing an American woman from the south is an unintentional riot.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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