Is this a dagger which I see before me...Four murders. Three witches. A fiendish lady. A homicidal husband. A ghost. No wonder Macbeth is considered such bad luck by theatre people that they won't mention its name out loud. But the new London production of "the Scottish play" promises to be a smash until gruesome pranks begin plaguing rehearsals. And when the last act ends in real-life tragedy, Chief Superintendent Alleyn takes center stage—uncovering a heartbreaking secret, murderous jealousy, and a dark, desperate reason for "murder for foul"...
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One of my all time favorites from Ngaio Marsh but not my favorite narrator. James Saxon does a great job with the many different voices and with pacing and delivery but I just found his voice irritating for reasons I never could identify. Try the audio sample, and if the voice suits, this audiobook will be a treasure.
The different voices make the audio book great fun.
The plot is intricate but sensible. It takes up with Peregrine Jay, whom we first met in Death at the Dolphin (another fabulous book), who is now middle-aged, married, has three sons, and is still the manager of the Dolphin Theatre. He is staging Macbeth and the descriptions of his ideas, stage management, and direction are illuminating. The actors are the usual bizarre collection of personalities, some delightful, others alarming, and their relationships are made vivid. The reader cares about these people, so the turns of the plot are riveting.
His reading is superb -- each character's voice is distinguished from the others and his narrative tone for the passages that don't involve dialogue is interesting in itself. He has a great voice.
Marsh creates a thoroughly beguiling mystery based on a theater company that is performing "The Scottish Play," with its legendary history of magical ill luck forming a backdrop to the psychological interplay of quirky characters. If you like classic, smart British mysteries you won't go wrong with this one. James Saxon, as always, is the perfect storyteller for Marsh's large casted stories, bringing out the individual tone and flavor of each person in his symphonic voice.
If what you like in a Ngaio Marsh mystery is lots of inspector Alleyn this is not the book for you. It is mostly about a theater putting on Macbeth. Of course someone dies and Alleyn solves it but that's not what the story is about. Disappointing
Not better, but equal to the text.
Eccentric characters, wonderful dialogue, Rory Alleyn and Inspector Fox, the period in history.
Yes several. Saxon does a marvelous job with all the voices really getting at the character within. I always look for his narrations!
Yes, but I had to pace myself over 3 days.
The reader was excellent but the story line was too long about McBeth. the murder story was not presented until the end which was very good.
Yes, I like Ngaio Marsh stories.
When the kids figured it out and the inspector hadn't a clue
The first few chapters
I loved the reader James Saxon he was very good.
This is the last book in a long series of mysteries by Ngaio Marsh. It is set in the theater world, on of her favorite themes, and is a revisit to the Dolphin Theater and the main characters of the earlier book :Killer Dolphin”. It features a fascinating description of a novel version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and of the actors .
I love James Saxon's voice, and he does a fabulous job creating accents for different characters, which he tends to reuse from book to book. The story is wonderful, especially if you like Macbeth, Shakespeare, or the theater world in general.
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