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Artists in Crime | [Ngaio Marsh]

Artists in Crime

When murder upsets the creative tranquility of an artists' colony, Scotland Yard sends in its most famous investigator. And what begins as a routine case turns out to be the most momentous of Roderick Alleyn's career. For before he can corner the killer, his heart is captured by one of the suspects, the flashing-eyed painter Agatha Troy, who has nothing but scorn for the art of detection.
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Publisher's Summary

When murder upsets the creative tranquility of an artists' colony, Scotland Yard sends in its most famous investigator. And what begins as a routine case turns out to be the most momentous of Roderick Alleyn's career. For before he can corner the killer, his heart is captured by one of the suspects, the flashing-eyed painter Agatha Troy, who has nothing but scorn for the art of detection.

©1938 Ngaio Marsh; (P)1994 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Artists in Crime is Miss Marsh's best....Her touch is light, without lapsing into the facetious, her characterization excellent; her plot neat and precise." (Spectator)

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    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 12-20-05
    Rebekah Reading, PA, United States 12-20-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved it."

    I've become enamored with Nagio Marsh having stumbled into listening to her books. If you like a good mystery with likeable characters and just the right number of clues, then you will like this book.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Constance New York, NY, United States 01-23-13
    Constance New York, NY, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Elegant Golden Age Mystery"
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    Ngaio Marsh creates another closed community, in this case, a group of artists studying together, in which disparate characters with outsized personalities and flaws compete for the reader's suspicions. The writing is a pleasure with both description and dialogue creating a vivid multi-layered fictional world. The narrator is superlative.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Great Classic Mystery"

    Ngaio Marsh was a better writer than Agatha Christie and created one of the early English aristocratic detectives. Urbane and self-effacing, Roderick Alleyn still stands up well against Elizabeth George's and Martha Grimes' modern examples.
    "Artists in Crime" is one of the important series stories, as it introduces the character who will become the inspector's wife. A classic British whodunit from the 1930's, this is an ideal listen for those who appreciate the genre.
    Nadia May has the perfect clear, crisp, no-nonsense voice for this kind of book. If you haven't yet discovered Marsh, this is a good place to begin.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Noblesville, IN, United States 03-12-13
    Amazon Customer Noblesville, IN, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Not the best, but can't be missed in the series"

    This is not my favorite book in the series, but it is an important one to help establish background for later ones. I highly encourage the audience to read or listen to this series in order to avoid confusion and often characters re-appear in later books.

    Overall this book is a nice classic mystery and fans of this age of mystery will enjoy it. I first started reading this series based on a recommendation for Agatha Christie fans and I have been hooked ever since. I have read and/or listened to many of the books multiple times.

    The plot of this one runs from slow to medium but is well constructed if a bit overdramatic for my tastes. The biggest issue for me though is that I am not a huge fan of Nadia May's narration of this series. I much prefer James Saxon and I have a harder time staying engaged with her reading. The characters in this story are also harder to like, even the ones who reappear and I like much better later in the series. If this had been my first introduction to Marsh I am not sure I would have kept going, but being as it is the 6th book in the series (which I read in order), I kept reading. This book focuses quite a bit on Inspector Alleyn's personal life and there are some truly enjoyable scenes involving his mother which were my favorite moments of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Austin, TX, USA 03-22-08
    Robert Austin, TX, USA 03-22-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Period piece"

    I didn't realize this was written in the 1930s. Mea culpa. It's vaguely interesting as a period piece, but it's not a great mystery or a great character study. I suppose it's almost good at both.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 01-30-13
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2008

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    "Sorry"

    i just could not get into it...too english? And I so wanted to enjoy it.

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