A winter weekend ends in snowbound disaster in a novel which remains a favourite among Marsh readers.
It began as an entertainment: eight people, many of them enemies, gathered for a winter weekend by a host with a love for theatre. They would be the characters in a drama that he would devise.
It ended in snowbound disaster. Everyone had an alibi - and most had motives as well. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn, when he finally arrived, knew it all hung on Thomas, the dancing footman....
©1942 Original Text of 1942 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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I love James Saxon reading Ngaio Marsh. I have every Marsh he's ever read that audible offers. However, Death and the Dancing Footman is not my favorite of his readings, which is why I thought I would have Philip Franks reading of it, as Philip Franks is a WONDERFUL reader and I hope that he will do every single one of Marsh's books for us in the near future. This, however, is NOT Philip Franks reading, it is James Saxon reading . Buyer beware.
Once again, she had me hooked all the way to the end wondering who did it and exactly how? A peculiar and unsettling set-up this time, tinged with wartime jitters, with lots of snow and a number of unlikable suspects. The dancing footman proves to be a key witness, but the few moments he witnesses are hard to piece together even after they are recapped over and over. This is okay, of course, for the story is meant to be intricate in that way. And despite the malevolent intentions of many, I loved it.
Philip Franks beautifully narrated two other books in this series, but not this one. The narrator is James Saxon. His style is far less natural and appealing.
Mr Saxon's performance sounded as if he had just of the stage of a Victorian melodrama. His characterisation of the females was almost as bad as his German accent! I have only just recently finished a couple of Philip Franks renditions of Ngaio Marsh novels and the difference is extreme.
Murder in the house and trapped by snow, perilous journey to bring Alleyn to solve
"Not much Alleyn in it."
The story rambles on from the beginning as do other books in the series, introducing characters and muddying the waters. So far, so usual but Alleyn appears very late in the proceedings and plays, I think, a lesser part than previously. The story is still a good one and the confusions are not resolved until the last few minutes but I didn't feel it was quite as good as the earlier books.
"Dissatisfaction incorrect narrator"
Not the advertised narrator. This is narrated by James Saxon. Audible appear unable to correct this despite repeated complaint.
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