• Death in Ecstasy

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (183 ratings)

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Death in Ecstasy

By: Ngaio Marsh
Narrated by: James Saxon
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Roderick Alleyn suspected that more evil still lurked behind the Sign of the Sacred Flame....

©1936 Original Text of 1936 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"A novelist of glittering accomplishment." ( Sunday Times)
"She writes better than Christie!" ( New York Times)

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Tedious narrator

I know this gentleman is hired quite often to read in this series.....
However,... Someone needs to tell him to swallow his saliva regularly and more often... He waits until he's almost drowning in it , then gulps it away...
Ugh... Shudder... Most distressing..

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Boring book

This book was so boring that I couldn't finish it. The characters were stereotypes of little interest and the plot nonexistent.

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Another Gem by Ngaio Marsh

When it comes to gentlemen detective stories Ngaio Marsh writes her mysteries with the right amount of dark undertones and humour. James Saxon narrated Marsh's characters to life and was just delightful overall to listen to.

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A fine and amusing story.

In this novel NM let’s her sense of humor shine thru. The usual mix of suspects and highly engrossing back stories but lots of laugh moments. It’s also time to ‘out’ Rattisbone the ever recurring solicitor. He appears without fanfare or comment in many books but in this novel a character asks Alleyn “do you know this person?” And Alleyn replies “slightly” - of course they have shared many a story and Rattisbone deserves much better of his creator. Loved the story as usual.