The crime was committed on stage at the Unicorn Theatre, when an unloaded gun fired a very real bullet. The Victim was Arthur Surbanadier, an actor clawing his way to stardom using Blackmail victims. The stage was set for one of Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn’s most baffling cases.
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Ngaio Marsh lived and wrote her mysteries at the same time as Agatha Christie, whose work overshadowed hers. A pity, because Marsh's work is similar but with a superior edge. I heartily recommend each of her books, preferably read by John Saxon who does a wonderful job, and in chronological order as the detective's personal life is reflected in a minor way in each book.
Yes. It was interesting and not predictable.
I liked the interaction between Allyn and his team, as well as Bathgate.
He is very easy to listen to and very British.
Can't think of one.
Ngaio Marsh's love of Shakespeare, and of actors--their vanities, foibles, and nobility--is woven into this thoroughly enjoyable classic mystery. It is set in 1982 but might as well be taking place in 1942. The attitudes and speech mannerisms are classic early 20th century English. James Saxon is a peerless interpreter of Marsh's mysteries--he gets all the different class accents and character variations pitch perfect.
This is another fun listen by Ngaio Marsh but I would recommend any of the female readers over Mr. Saxon. He's okay but they really do bring the stories to greater life.
I've read several of Ngaio Marsh's Inspector Allyen books and enjoy listening to them even more. James Saxon is a wonderful reader and brings the characters to life with his expression and characterization. Onto the next in the series, now.
"Usual high standard"
A great Inspector Alleyn story - the narrator James Saxon at his usual high standard. A good entertaining story.
I usually like Ngaio Marsh,but this one was mediocre,soothing however as a soporific sleep companion.
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