It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. But its execution was doomed when Miss Campanula sat down to play.
A chord was struck, a shot rang out and Miss Campanula was dead. A case of sinister infatuation for the brilliant Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn.
©1939 Original Text of 1939 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"Admirably mysterious." (Daily Mail)
"It's time to start comparing Christie to Marsh instead of the other way around." (New York magazine)
The narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life, the story is artfully written, the dialogue is believable. I'm learning, however, that books need to have a certain gravitas before I really want to listen to them. This was a bunch of silly, rich village people, none particularly likable, trying to cope with life and the changing times. I prefer Agatha Christie - she knew how to create situations that seemed important. This book was more of a satire than I like in a mystery story.
"Charming period piece"
Detailed scenes setting and characterisations together with a far fetched plot combine in an enjoyable entertainment. Expertly narrated.
"Enjoyable if predictable"
Ric Jerrom narrates with gusto, but not one of Marsh's best. I guessed whodunnit pretty early on, but it didn't spoil my enjoyment. Listen out for the sultry temptress Mrs Ross.
Have not read the book itself
Little too theatrical for me on some of the characters but still well worth a listen
"One of the better Unabridged Narrators"
This is a typical long winded Ngaio Marsh novel, Character narrated well. Unlike the narration provided by James Saxon. A really good read!
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