A country house murder, artistic insight and the postwar reunion of Alleyn and Troy combine in Ngaio Marsh’s wittiest and most readable novel.
Agatha Troy, world-famous portrait painter, is inveigled into accepting a commission to paint the 70-year-old Sir Henry Ancred, Bart., the Grand Old Man of the stage. But just as she has completed her portrait, the old actor dies.
The dramatic circumstances of his death are such that Scotland Yard is called in - in the person of Troy’s long-absent husband, Chief Detective-Inspector Roderick Alleyn....
©1947 Original Text of 1947 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." (Times Literary Supplement)
"The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress." (The Sun)
"Reader thinks it a pantomime."
I couldn't make it beyond the second chapter, as the reader is so appalling. Every male is camp and every female sounds like a pantomime Dame.
"Persevere with this one!"
I have loved previous Ngaio Marsh audiobooks narrated by Nadia May and Wanda McCadden, both of whom are brilliant at bringing a story alive and characterisation. On first listening, I found this male narrator more difficult to get into - a bit pompous! However, I stuck to it and found time to really concentrate on the reading and the story. I have just finished listening second time around and know it will be one of those audiobooks I listen to again and again. I still prefer Nadia and Wanda but I guess that's just a matter of taste!
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