The restoration of a bombed-out London theatre ends in violent death - and one of Marsh’s most vivid and dramatic novels.
When the bombed-out Dolphin Theatre is given to Peregrine Jay by a mysterious wealthy patron, he is overjoyed. And when the mysterious oil millionaire also gives him a glove that belonged to Shakespeare, Peregrine displays it in the dockside theatre and writes a successful play about it.
But then a murder takes place, a boy is attacked, and the glove is stolen. Could it be that oil and water don’t mix? Inspector Roderick Alleyn is determined to find out....
©1967 Original Text of 1967 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." (Times Literary Supplement)
"A first-rate book - an enticing opening, a fine whodunnit plot and exceptional richness in characterisation, background and humour. Don’t miss it on any account." (Sunday Times)
"Shows Ngaio at the top of her form, combining a strong plot with well-developed characters and a variety of unexpected detail." (Margaret Lewis)
The books of Ngaio Marsh are classic British mysteries and James Saxon is the best narrator of them. Death at the Dolphin is one her best - although I really like Surfeit of Lamphreys best.
There are quite a few. The beginning, where the producer nearly drowns in an empty theater is horror movie quality. These period novels are often hilarious due in part because of the complete lack of political correctness. The detective, Chief Inspector Roderick Allyan is one of the best in fiction.
No. Not extreme.
"Lacking a twist"
Another colourfully told story by narrator James Saxon, who really brings the characters to life. The story itself however simply lacks that all important twist. The writing is always superb and filled with comical character description, but Marsh just doesn't have that Agatha Christie genius for a plot.
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