Mary Bellamy, ageing darling of the London stage, holds a 50th birthday party. But someone uses a deadly insect spray on Mary instead of on the azaleas. Superintendent Alleyn has to find out which one of the mourners played the part of murderer.
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The reader James Saxon does a magnificent job developing the characters in this light but intricate Ngaio Marsh mystery. He is especially good at expressing the real malignity of some of the female characters. The differentiation of all the characters is excellent. Fortunately, Saxon has done others of the Marsh mysteries.
All the friends, relatives, servants, and business associates of famous actress Mary Bellamy have a serious problem as she drastically declines in mental health, possibly as a function of an age far higher than she cares to admit to. Never reliable in relationships and given to artistic "temperament" even as a young woman, now Mary lashes out in escalating explosions, in which she reveals more and more her own jealousy --- and other people's secrets.
Since this is a classic murder mystery, these tantrums are ended in an ingenious way, and Inspector Alleyn of Scotland Yard arrives to sort out whodunnit.
It was entertaining and I like the characters especially the lead lady.
Not sure if I can. As I like all the Ngaio Marsh books with Inspector Alleyn
His voice is meserizing.
"Entertaining Theatre world setting"
In the second rank, ie four stars overall - one of my favourite Classic Detective era stories - Ngaio Marsh's with a a theatre setting, well structured and written, entertaining, and well read. Good solid experience.
Good classic detective story, not too much gore, but character based in a more innocent world.
Slay pest- an actor's end
"good reading by james saxon"
This is not my favourite Alleyn story, but is enjoyable and again deals with the theatrical world. Another good reading by James Saxon
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