Despite two husbands being dead and a daughter marrying the wrong man, no one believed Sybil Foster would commit suicide, especially Roderick Alleyn. For the field was ripe with unfortunate engagements - one of them a very grave mistake.
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If you like golden age mysteries you love Ngaio Marsh. I think, overall , she is second to Agatha. ALL of her stories are good or very good and she writes with style, charm, and honesty. Her puzzles are never obscure and her criminal's motives are never rediculous. In short, she never cheats. The bonus is that I usually learn something about the place or time in which the book is set. So, read Ngaio Marsh and tell the teacher "its not just a mystery novel , its a learning experiance"
This reader enlivens a typical mystery story (everything fans of the genre will love) by deftly giving voice to the author's cast. The characters themselves are written with enough vividness to make this possible, but I doubt I could have stomached the predictable plot without the reader's wonderful talents.
Jane Asher is a fantastic reader, absolutely the best read book I have listened to. Marsh's characters are great and the story is interesting. The puzzle is fun but as usual nothing is too dark.
The characters are interesting and easy to care about. While they are not entirely fleshed out there is enough there that they are real and complex.
She is calm and yet there is passion there too.
This was a pretty good story with pretty good narration -- but Ngaio Marsh can't hold a candle to Dorothy Sayers. I tried this out because I adore Sayers, and I don't regret the purchase, but it didn't get me hooked on the series.
"Great story, average narration"
I love Ngaio Marsh's books, and this one is as well-written as the others that I have read. However, after trying this one read by Jane Asher I will be going back to the old-fashioned printed page for the rest of them. Unfortunately, in her determination to emphasise Alleyn's aristocratic origins, she manages to make him sound rather silly and affected for much of the time. She also mis-pronounces his name, a minor irritation, but added to his funny voice, this pretty much ruined the atmosphere of the story for me. Ironically, she managed the other characters very well, and her general reading style is good. The story is classic Marsh and very enjoyable on it's own merits. Pity.
"Excellent story ruined by the narration"
It is a great pity that Ms Asher obviously has/had no idea of the character of Roderick Alleyn. Apart from the continuous mispronouncing of his name she totally misrepresents his character. An excellent story totally ruined by the narration. Fortunately almost all of the other Ngaio Marsh titles are narrated by people who have an understanding of the books.
This works well. A balanced well judged golden age mystery. Jane Asher voice is very appealing. I wish she did more audio books.
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