Black as He's Painted

Narrated by: Philip Franks
Series: Roderick Alleyn, Book 28
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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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. Nevertheless, an assassin does strike, and Alleyn finds he has no shortage of help, from Special Branch to a tribal court - and a small black cat named Lucy Lockett who out-detects them all....

©2015 Ngaio Marsh (P)2016 Hachette

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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 but hunger to know 'Who done it?'

The narrator does a great job with creating enough differences in the characters that the listener is solidly engaged. Even though his female voices were not great, his oral interpretation was so spot on as to make you completely overlook the sound.

IF you enjoy Poirot, Lord Peter, etc; you will enjoy this listen.

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exceptional setting and mystery

all of her stories are engaging, and her word use is eloquent in description. narration is energetic and the colloquial language easy to understand

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One of Ngaio Marsh's later mysteries in the Roderick Alleyn series, Black as He's Painted features life in a London village setting; the Capricorns. Mr. Samuel Whipplestone, a recently retired Foreign Office diplomat, is feeling more than a bit out of curl one spring morning, when he happens upon a charming house for sale at 1 Capricorn Walk. Not normally an impulsive man, he finds himself taken by the house, and the neighborhood, and rapidly becomes a home owner. Right around the corner, however, sits the Ngombwanan Embassy, where things rapidly descend into violence and mysterious doings. Mr. Whipplestone's diplomatic expertise comes in handy when Roderick Alleyn's old schoolmate, the Boomer, now President of the newly independent African nation, comes a hair's breadth away from assassination. Who wants the Boomer dead? According to Mr. W., lots of people; quite a few, it appears, residing in the Capricorns. Also featuring Troy Alleyn, (and best of all, Lucy Lockett, one of the most delightful mystery-solving cats one could ever hope to meet.)
Excellent voicing and accents, never confused or confusing.

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Satisfying treatment of a favorite story

n'gombwanians, cat, civil servants et al brought to life by twisted plot and good narration