Roderick Alleyn
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    A Man Lay Dead | Ngaio Marsh

    A Man Lay Dead

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    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    Overall
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    (62)
    Story
    (67)

    The first of Ngaio Marsh's 32 acclaimed mystery novels, this introduces the continuing detective protagonist, Sir Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard. Five guests gather at Sir Hubert Handesley's country house party for the amusing parlor game of "Murder". But they aren't laughing when the lights come up on an actual corpse: the handsome and mysterious Charles Rankin with a dagger in his back.

    Not the place to start with Ngaio Marsh

    I am a big Marsh fan, and ordinarily I'd recommend beginning with the first book in any series. This book, however, is an exception. If you have never..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 09 2007 by W. S. (Jasper, GA, USA)
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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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    (104)
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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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    Died in the Wool | Ngaio Marsh

    Died in the Wool

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (114)
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    (48)
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    Inspector Roderick Alleyn receives a desperate plea for help in solving the murder of a Member of Parliament. Now the good inspector is involved in a gruesome war of espionage where he becomes as much the quarry as the hunter.

    Wrong Narrator listed?

    I own a number of Ngaio Marsh audiobooks featuring several narrators. This one, unless I am badly mistaken -- or unless the two women have nearly id..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 30 2012 by Kate L. Newbill (Birmingham, AL USA)
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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 characters that m..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.


    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.


    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.



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    Reviewed on November 26 2006 by Lynne Phelps (Georgia, USA)
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    Night at the Vulcan | Ngaio Marsh

    Night at the Vulcan

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    Light the lights, we've got nothing to hit but the heights! There's no business like show business! At the venerable Vulcan Theater, tensions are running high on opening night. There are the usual problems, certainly: muffed lines, a late curtain, egos butting heads. But the show must go on! And it does, then the entire production is upstaged when the leading man is found backstage, dead.

    Same as "Opening Night"

    I enjoyed this recording very much. I thought it was one of Naigo Marsh's better works even though the theme of the theater appears a little too freq..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 17 2008 by DebraInSoCal (South Pasadena, CA 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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    (62)
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    (30)
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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.

    Mixed Feelings

    I had mixed feelings about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading of this book--it was excellent--and I enjoyed all the interplay between the Al..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 24 2005 by F. Girlando (Santa Barbara, CA USA)
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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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    (89)
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    (45)
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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!

    Ngaio Marsh is always good

    Old Sins Cast Long Shadows could be a good alternative title for this book if it weren't too gothic sounding. The book is not gothic at all, the sett..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 06 2012 by Lori (Fort Worth, TX, United States)
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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
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (35)
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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.

    Great Book. Reader ruined it for me. Kept smacking
    Reviewed on February 16 2014 by Linda (MANSFIELD, TEXAS, 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
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    (75)
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    (34)
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    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.

    One of my 2 favorite Ngaio Marsh books!

    Since I am not healthy enough to read print versions of books because of extreme migraines, I can't answer this question, but I can tell you that Nadi..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 02 2012 by Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe (Los Angeles, CA 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
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    (43)
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    (17)
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    (20)

    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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    Light Thickens | Ngaio Marsh

    Light Thickens

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    (42)
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    (40)
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    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.

    Really great story

    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 paci..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 05 2011 by Christina (Strong City, KS, United States)