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  • A Man Lay Dead | Ngaio Marsh

    A Man Lay Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    Wealthy Sir Hubert Handesley's original and lively weekend house parties are deservedly famous. To amuse his guests, he has devised a new form of the fashionable Murder Game, in which a guest is secretly selected to commit a 'murder' in the dark, and everyone assembles to solve the crime. But when the lights go up this time, there is a real corpse....

    Laurence G. Byrne says: "Classic Upper Crust Mystery"
  • Opening Night | Ngaio Marsh

    Opening Night

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Dreams of stardom had lured Martyn Tarne from faraway New Zealand to make the dreary, soul-destroying round of West End agents and managers in search of work. The Vulcan Theatre had been her last forlorn hope, and now, driven by sheer necessity, she was glad to accept the humble job of dresser to its leading lady. And then came the eagerly awaited opening night.

    Chelle says: "Theatre With a Twist"
  • The Nursing Home Murder | Ngaio Marsh

    The Nursing Home Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    Sir John Phillips, the Harley Street surgeon, and his beautiful nurse, Jane Harden, are almost too nervous to operate. The emergency case on the table before them is the Home Secretary - and they both have very good, personal reasons to wish him dead. Within hours he does die, although the operation itself was a complete success, and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn must find out why....

    Jan H. Wolfe says: "interesting procedural"
  • False Scent | Ngaio Marsh

    False Scent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In a poisonous cloud of spray, the curtain falls on a drama queen. Little did beloved British actress Mary Bellamy know that she would be done in at her own birthday party - choked by toxic mist from the bottle of Slaypest, a deadly insecticide. Basking in the glow of her most adoring fans - who all happened to be her most duplicitous enemies - Mary would make her final performance.

  • Dead Water | Ngaio Marsh

    Dead Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    The elderly Emily Pride is perfectly pleased to have inherited an island, even if her starchy pragmatism is ever so faintly appalled by the Pixie Falls spring and its reported miraculous healing properties. But really, the locals' attempts to capitalize on the 'miracles' are entirely too tacky - Ye Olde Gift Shoppe, the neon signs…not on Miss Emily’s watch, thank you.

    DJDecca says: "Murder in the Highlands"
  • Death of a Fool | Ngaio Marsh

    Death of a Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    At the winter solstice, South Mardian's swordsmen weave their blades in an ancient ritual dance. But for one of them, the excitement proves too heady, and his decapitation turns the fertility rite into a pageant of death. Now Inspector Roderick Alleyn must penetrate not only the mysteries of folklore but also the secrets and sins of an eccentric group, including a surly blacksmith, a domineering dowager, and a not-so-simple village idiot.

    Rebecca J. Leamon says: "A Classic Whodunnit. . ."
  • Death in a White Tie | Ngaio Marsh

    Death in a White Tie

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (134)

    The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first...

    Patricia McBride says: "Abridgment, Narration Highlight Weaknesses"
  • Enter a Murderer | Ngaio Marsh

    Enter a Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    The crime scene was the stage of the Unicorn Theatre, when a prop gun fired a very real bullet; the victim was an actor clawing his way to stardom using bribery instead of talent; and the suspects included two unwilling girlfriends and several relieved blackmail victims. The stage is set for one of Roderick Alleyn's most baffling cases.

    Paul and Courtney says: "Fun mystery"
  • Surfeit of Lampreys | Ngaio Marsh

    Surfeit of Lampreys

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novel begins when a young New Zealander’s first contact with the English gentry is the body of Lord Wutherford - with a meat skewer through the eye.... The Lampreys had plenty of charm - but no cash. They all knew they were peculiar - and rather gloried in it. The double and triple charades, for instance, with which they would entertain their guests - like rich but awful Uncle Gabriel, who was always such a bore.

    Meep says: "Worth waiting for!!!"
  • Scales of Justice | Ngaio Marsh

    Scales of Justice

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the Old Un, a monster trout known to dwell in a beautiful stream which winds past their homes. Then one of their small community is found brutally murdered; beside him is the freshly killed trout. Both died by violence - but Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn's murder investigation seems to be much more interested in the fish.

    PJ says: "Cumberbatch is a great narrator!"
  • Vintage Murder | Ngaio Marsh

    Vintage Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    A touring theatre company in New Zealand forms the basis of one of Marsh’s most ambitious and innovative novels. New Zealand theatrical manager Alfred Meyer wanted to celebrate his wife’s birthday in style. The piece de résistance would be the jeroboam of champagne which would descend gently into a nest of fern and coloured lights on the table, set up on stage after the performance. But something went horribly wrong. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn witnessed it himself.

    Mack Tennyson says: "Great Imagery of New Zealand"
  • Death at the Bar | Ngaio Marsh

    Death at the Bar

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    A classic Ngaio Marsh novel in which a game of darts in an English pub has gruesome consequences. At the Plume of Feathers in south Devon one midsummer evening, eight people are gathered together in the taproom. They are in the habit of playing darts, but on this occasion an experiment takes the place of the usual game - a fatal experiment which calls for investigation.

  • Clutch of Constables | Ngaio Marsh

    Clutch of Constables

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    A classic Ngaio Marsh novel which features blood-curdling murders in the confines of a riverboat, the Zodiac, cruising through Constable country. 'He looks upon the murders that he did in fact perform as tiresome and regrettable necessities', reflected Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn on the international crook known as 'the Jampot'.

    G. Malloy says: "A most entertaining performance!"
  • Scales of Justice | Ngaio Marsh

    Scales of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the Old Un, a monster trout known to dwell in a beautiful stream which winds past their homes. Then one of their small community is found brutally murdered; beside him is the freshly killed trout. Both died by violence - but Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn's murder investigation seems to be much more interested in the fish.... Scales of Justice was first published in 1955.

    Helen L. says: "Delightful fish story"
  • Death at the Dolphin | Ngaio Marsh

    Death at the Dolphin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    The restoration of a bombed-out London theatre ends in violent death - and one of Marsh’s most vivid and dramatic novels. When the bombed-out Dolphin Theatre is given to Peregrine Jay by a mysterious wealthy patron, he is overjoyed. And when the mysterious oil millionaire also gives him a glove that belonged to Shakespeare, Peregrine displays it in the dockside theatre and writes a successful play about it.

    Drwo says: "Classic Marsh"
  • Tied Up in Tinsel | Ngaio Marsh

    Tied Up in Tinsel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Christmastime in an isolated country house and, following a flaming row in the kitchen, there’s murder inside. When a much disliked visiting servant disappears without trace after playing Santa Claus, foul play is at once suspected - and foul play it proves to be. Only suspicion falls not on the staff but on the guests, all so unimpeachably respectable that the very thought of murder in connection with any of them seems almost heresy.

  • Grave Mistake | Ngaio Marsh

    Grave Mistake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Jane Asher
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    A spa stay turns into a homicidal holiday.... A bit snobbish and a trifle high strung, Sybil Foster prides herself on owning the finest estate in Upper Quintern and hiring the best gardener. In fact she is rapturous over the new asparagus beds when a visit from her unwelcome stepson sends her scurrying to a chic spa for a rest cure, a liaison with the spa's director...and an apparent suicide. Her autopsy holds one surprise, a secret drawer a second.

    J Skinner says: "Good story"
  • Death and the Dancing Footman | Ngaio Marsh

    Death and the Dancing Footman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    A winter weekend ends in snowbound disaster in a novel which remains a favourite among Marsh readers. It began as an entertainment: eight people, many of them enemies, gathered for a winter weekend by a host with a love for theatre. They would be the characters in a drama that he would devise. It ended in snowbound disaster. Everyone had an alibi - and most had motives as well. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn, when he finally arrived, knew it all hung on Thomas, the dancing footman....

    Meep says: "NOT PHILIP FRANKS READING!!!"
  • Artists in Crime | Ngaio Marsh

    Artists in Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    When murder upsets the creative tranquility of an artists' colony, Scotland Yard sends in its most famous investigator. And what begins as a routine case turns out to be the most momentous of Roderick Alleyn's career. For before he can corner the killer, his heart is captured by one of the suspects, the flashing-eyed painter Agatha Troy, who has nothing but scorn for the art of detection.

    Constance says: "Elegant Golden Age Mystery"
  • Overture to Death | Ngaio Marsh

    Overture to Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    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.

    Sally Dobbs says: "A thoroughly entertaining read."
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