Roderick Alleyn
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  • 1
    A Man Lay Dead | Ngaio Marsh

    A Man Lay Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    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....

    Classic Upper Crust Mystery
    Reviewed on February 25 2016 by Laurence G. Byrne (New York, NY)
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    Enter a Murderer | Ngaio Marsh

    Enter a Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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.

    Fun mystery

    The characters interacted well. The story moved smoothly, though the end was a tiny bit rushed

    Reviewed on May 07 2016 by Paul and Courtney (Berkeley, CA, United States)
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    The Nursing Home Murder | Ngaio Marsh

    The Nursing Home Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    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....

    interesting procedural

    I love this author. This is an early book without his wife. Narrator was wonderful.

    Reviewed on March 05 2016 by Jan H. Wolfe (El Paso, TX)
  • 4
    Death in Ecstasy | Ngaio Marsh

    Death in Ecstasy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    The poison was cyanide, slipped into the sacred wine of ecstasy just before it was presented to Miss Cara Quayne at the House of the Sacred Flame. The victim was a deeply religious initiate who had trained for a month for her last ceremony. She was also a very beautiful woman.... The suspects were the other initiates and the high priest. All claimed they were above earthly passions. But Cara Quayne had provoked lust, jealousy - and murder.

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  • 5
    Vintage Murder | Ngaio Marsh

    Vintage Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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.

    Great Imagery of New Zealand

    Besides a good detective novel, the rich descriptions of New Zealand had me looking up the cost of Airplane tickets to there.

    Reviewed on March 31 2016 by Mack Tennyson (Thailand)
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    Artists in Crime | Ngaio Marsh

    Artists in Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    (143)
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    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.

    Loved it.

    I've become enamored with Nagio Marsh having stumbled into listening to her books. If you like a good mystery with likeable characters and just the r..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 20 2005 by Rebekah (Reading, PA, United States)
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    Artists in Crime | Ngaio Marsh

    Artists in Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    One of Ngaio Marsh’s most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model’s pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been reenacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed forever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It’s a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.

    Brilliant reading

    This is a reasonably obvious Ngaio Marsh mystery, set up as a venue for the courtship between Alleyn and his future wife, Troy. It is the reading that..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 13 2016 by Phebe (Joppa, MD, United States)
  • 7
    Death in a White Tie | Ngaio Marsh

    Death in a White Tie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh’s 1930s novels. 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....

    Terrible sound quality ruins the experience

    Ngaio Marsh and Inspector Alleyn are as reliable as ever in this mystery, and I don't feel much need to review the story itself. If you enjoy Ngaio Ma..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 23 2016 by David Adams (Blacksburg, VA)
  • 8
    Overture to Death | Ngaio Marsh

    Overture to Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
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    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.

    A thoroughly entertaining read.

    This is my favorite Ngaio Marsh tale. It has a great plot, is well narrated.

    Reviewed on July 27 2016 by Sally Dobbs ()
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    Overture to Death: A Roderick Alleyn Mystery | Ngaio Marsh

    Overture to Death: A Roderick Alleyn Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Who in the quiet village of Chipping would kill wealthy spinster Idris Campanula? Plenty of people—among them her fellow cast members from a troubled charity production. Miss Campanula was a spiteful gossip, gleefully destroying others’ lives merely for her own excitement. But once Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives, he quickly realizes that the murderer might have killed the wrong woman—and may soon stage a repeat performance.

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  • 9
    Death at the Bar | Ngaio Marsh

    Death at the Bar

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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.

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    Death at the Bar | Ngaio Marsh

    Death at the Bar

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    A native New Zealander, whose name means "flowering tree," Ngaio Marsh was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her classic mysteries. This one involves a lawyer, a pub, and a deadly dart.

    Death at the Bar

    The reader was not vary good, add to that there are distracting noises thought out this reading. The story was just OK The ending was weak.

    Reviewed on April 02 2010 by Michael Geib ()
  • 10
    Surfeit of Lampreys | Ngaio Marsh

    Surfeit of Lampreys

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    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.

    Worth waiting for!!!

    Hooray!!! I've been waiting forever for an unabridged recording of Surfeit of Lampreys to appear here at Audible, and it finally has with the added bo..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 26 2015 by Meep (Seattle)
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    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
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    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....

    NOT PHILIP FRANKS READING!!!

    I love James Saxon reading Ngaio Marsh. I have every Marsh he's ever read that audible offers. However, Death and the Dancing Footman is not my favori..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 18 2015 by Meep (Seattle)
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    Colour Scheme | Ngaio Marsh

    Colour Scheme

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
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    Maurice Questing was left to die in a pool of boiling mud. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that any number of people could have killed him: the English exiles he'd hated, the New Zealanders he'd despised or the Maoris he'd insulted. Even the spies he'd thwarted - if he wasn't a spy himself.

    Love, love, love this story

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story with many twists. The author seemed to me to be exceptionally creatively inspired.

    Reviewed on April 05 2016 by Bethany (PHOENIX, AZ, United States)
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    Colour Scheme | Ngaio Marsh

    Colour Scheme

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    It was a horrible death - Maurice Questing was lured into a pool of boiling mud and left there to die. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, far from home on a wartime quest for German agents, knows that any number of people could have killed him. But who actually did?

    Mud pot mystery!

    I love Ngaio Marsh although Colour Scheme isn't perhaps, my favorite because Chief Inspector Alleyn doesn't appear until the very end (in a way). But..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 09 2004 by Pam (Mangilao, GU, United States)
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    Died in the Wool | Ngaio Marsh

    Died in the Wool

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    Ngaio Marsh returns to her New Zealand roots to transplant the classic country house murder mystery to an upland sheep station on South Island - and produces one of her most exotic and intriguing novels. One summer evening in 1942, Flossie Rubrick, MP, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband’s wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech - and disappears.

    Don't miss this one

    I almost skipped reading this one because the setting was not in England. It is undoubtably the very best of her work.

    Reviewed on August 26 2016 by Sally Dobbs ()
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    Final Curtain | Ngaio Marsh

    Final Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    Beautiful Troy Alleyn, artist wife of Inspector Alleyn, had been warned about the famed old Shakespearean actor, and his eccentric household. But she was not prepared for their acts of malice and mischief.

    Visit Troy & Roderick Alleyn near the end of WWII

    Ngaio Marsh’s background in the theater (for which she was named a Dame of the British Empire) is evident in the “casting” of the..Show More »

    Ngaio Marsh is known for her characterizations, and each of the characters is drawn with enough depth for us to see both redeeming qualities in the repellent and weaknesses in the most noble. You find yourself quite liking the tantrum throwing child, “Panty” and eventually becoming sympathetic to the common, gold-digging fiancée.</p>

    I love the stories in this series which feature Agatha Troy, Alleyn’s artist wife. This story occurs near the end of World War II when Troy and Roderick have been separated for several years due to wartime activities, and includes their reunion when Rory returns to England in time to solve the mystery. The glimpses of the British wartime lifestyle are an interesting backdrop to this tale, as are the jobs to which the Alleyn’s have been put by the war. Other stories which are key in their relationship include “Artists in Crime” where they first meet, and “Death in a White Tie” where Alleyn wins Troy’s consent to marry, and “Tied Up in Tinsel” is the story of another portrait painting job gone awry.</p>

    I recommend this mystery both as an interesting puzzle with a surprise ending, and as one of the milestone tales in the Alleyn’s personal lives in this wonderful series.</p>

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    Reviewed on November 26 2006 by Lynne Phelps (Georgia, USA)
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    Final Curtain | Ngaio Marsh

    Final Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    (43)
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    A country house murder, artistic insight and the postwar reunion of Alleyn and Troy combine in Ngaio Marsh’s wittiest and most readable novel. Agatha Troy, world-famous portrait painter, is inveigled into accepting a commission to paint the 70-year-old Sir Henry Ancred, Bart., the Grand Old Man of the stage. But just as she has completed her portrait, the old actor dies.

    Classic crime - well done!

    Alleyn returning from abroad is thrown straight into a case, involving his beloved wife Troy.

    Reviewed on June 22 2016 by Cathy Puzey ()
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    Swing, Brother, Swing | Ngaio Marsh

    Swing, Brother, Swing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    Lord Pastern fired his revolver. The figure in the spotlight fell, and the coup-de-theatre had become murder. Could Inspector Alleyn believe Pastern had let hatred of his future son-in-law go too far? Or would the tangle of jealousies and blackmail among the guests reveal another murderer?

    I love this author and narrator.

    These two make a perfect pair. I am afraid to figure out how many books I haven't listened to. It will be a sad day when I come to the end of the li..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 30 2016 by Mack Tennyson (Thailand)
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    A Wreath for Rivera | Ngaio Marsh

    A Wreath for Rivera

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    When Lord Pastern Bagott takes up with the hot music of Breezy Bellair and his Boys, his disapproving wife Cecile has more than usual to be unhappy about. The band's devastatingly handsome but roguish accordionist, Carlos Rivera, has taken a rather intense and mutual interest in her precious daughter Felicite. So when a bit of strange business goes awry and actually kills him, it's lucky that Inspector Roderick Alleyn is in the audience.

    ZZZZzzzzzzzz

    I found this devastatingly boring. Whether it was the narrator and her exaggerated pronunciation of everything, particularly the French accents, or wh..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 30 2007 by Susan (Oroville, CA, United States)
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    Opening Night | Ngaio Marsh

    Opening Night

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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.

    Intensely written, performed and enjoyed

    You don't have to know all about theater to enjoy the wonderful recreation of backstage and onstage life created here by mystery master Ngaio Marsh, w..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 14 2016 by Helen L. (Washington, DC USA)
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    Spinsters in Jeopardy | Ngaio Marsh

    Spinsters in Jeopardy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    En route to a family vacation on the French Riviera, Inspector Roderick Alleyn glimpses from the train a shocking tableau. In a moonlit window, a white-robed figure raises a knife to a woman's shadow. Thus begins his incognito exploration of the Chateau of the Silver Goat... where a jet-set cult's "Way of Life" could spell death for a maiden lady of a certain age, and even for Alleyn's own young son, unless he can unveil its illicit mysteries.

    Not a who-dunit but lots of fun

    Unlike most Ngiao Marshes, you know all along who the criminals are. But the characters are engagingly drawn and the plot suspenseful. The reader has ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 28 2015 by Bookwormish (Washington, DC)
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    Spinsters in Jeopardy | Ngaio Marsh

    Spinsters in Jeopardy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
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    A classic Ngaio Marsh mystery thriller combining drugs and sacrifice. High in the mountains stands the magnificent Saracen fortress, home of the mysterious Mr. Oberon, leader of a coven of witches. It is not the historic castle, however, that intrigues Roderick Alleyn, on holiday with his family, but the suspicion that a huge drugs ring operates from within its ancient portals. But before the holiday is over, someone else has stumbled upon the secret.

    One of the best I have read so far.

    One of the very best Naigo Marsh yet. I am reading them in order and this one is exceptional.

    Reviewed on April 07 2016 by Miranda ()
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    Scales of Justice | Ngaio Marsh

    Scales of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    (122)
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    The New York Times says Marsh writes "better than Christie" and The London Times calls Scales of Justice "a handsome bit of craftsmanship." A must-hear for any mystery fan!

    Excellent Plot with a sad secondary plot

    I will listen to this book repeatedly. The narration is terrific and the story unfolds sensibly without ever giving anything away too quickly.

    Reviewed on May 14 2012 by Colby (Tucson, AZ, United States)
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    Scales of Justice | Ngaio Marsh

    Scales of Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    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.

    Delightful fish story

    Another tightly woven tale with an array of characters whose relationships are initially impossible to comprehend. But of course Chief Inspector Alley..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 12 2016 by Helen L. (Washington, DC USA)
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    Death of a Fool | Ngaio Marsh

    Death of a Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    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.

    A Classic Whodunnit. . .

    A perfect "listen" for December. Interesting characters and an intriguing plot. Ngaio Marsh is great, and so is Nadia May. Highly recommended!..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 04 2015 by Rebecca J. Leamon (Ellsworth, ME United States)
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    Off with His Head | Ngaio Marsh

    Off with His Head

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
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    Pagan revelry and morris dancing in the middle of a very cold winter set the scene for one of Ngaio Marsh’s most fascinating murder mysteries. When the pesky Anna Bünz arrives at Mardian to investigate the rare survival of folk dancing still practised there, she quickly antagonizes the villagers. But Mrs Bünz is not the only source of friction - two of the other enthusiasts are also spoiling for a fight.

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    Singing in the Shrouds | Ngaio Marsh

    Singing in the Shrouds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    On a cold February night, the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away singing. When the cargo ship Cape Farewell sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer. Which is why Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins the ship at Portsmouth on the most difficult assignment of his professional career....

    Nicely diverting

    Improbable situation with Alleyne aboard a ship en route to South Africa trying to discover who among the peculiar little group of passengers is a mur..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 17 2016 by Helen L. (Washington, DC USA)
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    False Scent | Ngaio Marsh

    False Scent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

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    Hand in Glove | Ngaio Marsh

    Hand in Glove

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Sinden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The April Fool’s Day had been a roaring success for all, it seemed - except for poor Mr. Cartell, who had ended up in the ditch - forever. Then there was the case of Mr. Percival Pyke Period’s letter of condolence, sent before the body was found - not to mention the family squabbles. It was a puzzling crime for Superintendent Alleyn.

    The audiobook would have been better if Saxon narrated

    The story was entertaining. The swallowing of the narrator was noticeable and a distraction, especially near the end.

    Reviewed on February 18 2016 by Anne ()
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    Dead Water | Ngaio Marsh

    Dead Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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.

    Murder in the Highlands

    I would definitely listen again. It's one of my favorite of Ngaio Marsh's stories and is very well done.

    Reviewed on January 25 2016 by DJDecca (San Francisco Bay Area)
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    Death at the Dolphin | Ngaio Marsh

    Death at the Dolphin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    (39)
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    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.

    Classic Marsh

    The books of Ngaio Marsh are classic British mysteries and James Saxon is the best narrator of them. Death at the Dolphin is one her best - although ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 07 2016 by Drwo ()
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    Clutch of Constables | Ngaio Marsh

    Clutch of Constables

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    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'.

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    When in Rome | Ngaio Marsh

    When in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Murder, blackmail and drug dealing on the Tiber combine in one of Ngaio Marsh’s liveliest and most evocative novels. When their guide disappears mysteriously in the depths of a Roman basilica, the members of Mr. Sebastian Mailer’s tour group seem strangely unperturbed. But when a body is discovered in an Etruscan sarcophagus, Superintendent Alleyn, in Rome incognito on the trail of an international drug racket, is very much concerned.

    Can't go wrong with Ngaio Marsh

    Very unique plot. You are left pulling for the murderer. I enjoyed the novelty of the plot and the Roman location.

    Reviewed on July 05 2016 by Mack Tennyson (Thailand)
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    When in Rome | Ngaio Marsh

    When in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, brought to Italy by an international probe of drug smuggling, finds himself in the middle of the most baffling case of his career, an intricate web of "Anybody's Guess" in which each and every one of his suspects could be a killer, or a victim. Or both.

    Among the best of the series

    One of the rich crop of British (well Australian by birth in this case)"lady" mystery writers, Marsh sometimes can be a bit tardy in getting her stori..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 24 2006 by Irwin (Freehold, NJ, USA)
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    Tied Up in Tinsel | Ngaio Marsh

    Tied Up in Tinsel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    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.

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    Tied Up in Tinsel: A Roderick Alleyn Mystery | Ngaio Marsh

    Tied Up in Tinsel: A Roderick Alleyn Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    Holed up at Hilary Bill-Tasman's manor estate for Christmas, Troy Alleyn is to paint the man's portrait and, while she's there, view the Druid Christmas pageant. Along with a pack of eccentric guests, Troy enjoys the festivities, until one of the pageant's players mysteriously disappears into the snowy night

    Classy Classic

    I was confused when I went to my library to review this -- mine says Nadia May is the narrator. Well, turns out Wanda McCaddon is Nadia May! So, ano..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 27 2012 by C. Telfair (Shepherdstown, WV, United States)
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    Black as He's Painted | Ngaio Marsh

    Black as He's Painted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Alleyn performs his mission so successfully that on the night of the Ng'ombwanan Embassy's reception, the house and grounds are stiff with police. However, an assassin does strike, and Alleyn discovers a wealth of suspects in a coterie of ex-colonials residing in the very shadow of the Embassy.

    At the very end..You understand!

    Love the Author, she never disappoints! Fabulous reader, just a nuance of change and walla a different person speaks. The story is moving toward the c..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 11 2015 by Marily4EveraNurse (Aurora, CO, United States)
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    Black as He's Painted | Ngaio Marsh

    Black as He's Painted

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    When the exuberant president of Ng'ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old schoolmate, Chief Superintendent Alleyn, is called in to persuade him otherwise. Consequently, on the night of the embassy's reception, the house and grounds are stiff with police.

    Classic Mystery

    Written in the classic style of the times with lots of background on the characters and so many twists, turns and opportunities that you cannot help b..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 14 2016 by Rebekah (Reading, PA, United States)
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    Last Ditch | Ngaio Marsh

    Last Ditch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    Young Ricky Alleyn has come to the picturesque fishing village of Deep Cove to write. Though the sleepy little town offers few diversions, Ricky manages to find the most distracting one of all: murder. For in a muddy ditch, he sees a dead equestrienne whose last leap was anything but an accident. And when Ricky himself disappears, the case becomes a horse of a different color for his father, Inspector Roderick Alleyn.

    Detective Fiction that Never Disappoints

    I probably would, because the story is reliable Ngaio Marsh: well-plotted, funny, and above all filled with wonderful characters.

    Reviewed on September 10 2012 by Linda (Bellevue, WA, United States)
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    Last Ditch | Ngaio Marsh

    Last Ditch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Rickie Alleyn, son of the famed detective Roderick Alleyn, had taken to the peaceful Channel Island village of Deep Cove to write his book. However, soon enough the tedium of provincial life threatens to send him packing - until, that is, he finds a dead stablehand, and the sleepy community's world is upturned. His father is called to take proceedings into hand, but as a darker side to island life emerges, one of illegal drugs and smuggling, Rickie goes missing.

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    Grave Mistake | Ngaio Marsh

    Grave Mistake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Jane Asher
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    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.

    Good story

    Good plot & sympathetic characters. A good read--absorbing. Did get annoyed with the narrator--the foreign men's accents are not particularly convinci..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 30 2016 by J Skinner (USA)
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    Photo-Finish | Ngaio Marsh

    Photo-Finish

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    The luxury mansion on New Zealand's Lake Waihoe was the ideal place for the world-famous soprano to rest after her triumphant tour. Chief Superintendent Alleyn and his wife were among the houseguests - but theirs was not a social visit. When tragedy struck, the peace of the island was shattered. With a houseful of suspects now isolated by one of the lake's sudden storms, Alleyn was to face one of his trickiest cases....

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    Light Thickens | Ngaio Marsh

    Light Thickens

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Peregrine Jay, owner of the Dolphin Theatre, is putting on a magnificent production of Macbeth, the play that, superstition says, always brings bad luck. But one night the claymore swings, and the dummy's head is more than real: murder behind the scene. Luckily, Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn is in the audience....

    Reflects Ngaio Marsh's interest in Macbeth

    For those who already enjoy Ngaio Marsh's stories, this brings together her love of the theater,her love of Macbeth, her varied interests in the power..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 22 2016 by Sandy (BUCKETTY, Australia)