Inspector Alleyn joins a group of highly suspicious tourists on a visit to a Roman catacomb. The corpse he finds in an ancient sarcophagus has been very recently murdered….
©1958 Ngaio Marsh (P)2010 AudioGO Ltd
Didn't realize how old this novel was, or that it was part of a series, when I got it. My favorite part was that the setting, St. Thomasino's, reminded me of St. Clement's - one of my favorite spots on my one visit to Rome. The characters are comical, but I did not develop empathy for any of them. It's a fairly formulaic "who done it," but without having read or listened to any previous Inspector Allen stories, I didn't really feel like I got to know him. It kept me interested through yard work, but it wasn't one of those books that made me want to lengthen my lunch time walk.
When I listen to this book, I feel like I am in Rome. It has it all: Rome in the summer, compelling and nasty characters, Alleyn sizing up the Italian police force, and a dash of British romance.
James Saxon is the voice of Ngaio Marsh for me. His mellow and buttery tones never fail to make me feel like I am escaping the everyday.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I like the classic mysteries of Ngaio Marsh and her Inspector Alleyn. This one, however, is not her best. There's no real feel for the setting - might as well have been in Cleveland (with all due respect to that fine city). The characters are interesting and varied, but the story here just isn't as good as many of Marsh's others.
I prefer printed versions but also enjoy audible books for travel
Not really but it kept me guessing
He has a wonderful deep voice and does the characters very well.
Would I listen again? Sure, in a few months/years, after I've had a chance to forget the salient points. Why? Because it's good.
Any other Marsh. Her work is so robust, really bullet-proof.
When Rory is
Author has a wonderful of command of language and staging. You see her books almost as much as you read them.
A good story, very well narrated but just a bit waffely in bits, but that is sometimes what these books are like, however I do like Inspector Alleyn mysteries.
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