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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....

©1962 Original Text of 1962 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"Neat, dexterous.... Miss Marsh’s freshest and most enjoyable performance for years." ( Sunday Times)
"Light, entertaining and disastrously readable." ( Guardian)

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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.

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Don’t you hate a narrator who miss pronounces the main characters name?

Not the worst Ngaio Marsh But close. The narrator was just all wrong, mispronouncing Inspector Allen‘s name and making Inspector Fox sound like one of Bertie Wooster’s set. I’m going to have to read this one to see if I like it any better

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Ngaio Marsh, herself, clearly articulated how to pronounce Alleyn's name. She said it sounded like "Allen". The narrator kept pronouncing his name as "Allyen", which was irritating. He also used poor stage voices for key characters. Inspector Fox, for example, sounded like a female fairy rather than the gruff character written.

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Story has surprises.

i love Ngaio Marsh's work, but the narrator kept slurping. Was very distracting. Surprising ending ..

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Good story

Character development good. Story moves along at a good pace. Kept looking for the character Elaine, which is how the narrator pronounced the name Alleyn. Will continue listening to this series. Purchase about one per month.

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Aces in Spades

Very interesting. Ngagio Marsh is so clever in painting a picture for your viewing pleasure.

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once again narrator ruined the story

Would you try another book from Ngaio Marsh and/or Jeremy Sinden?

love inspector Alleyn but HATE this narrator - he mispronounces the FAMOUS main character's last name and it ruins it for me...too distracting.

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love inspector Alleyn but HATE this narrator - he mispronounces the FAMOUS main character's last name and it ruins it for me...too distracting. if you can get past that, ots probably a good story - i don't know - couldn't listen any longer and returned the title

What character would you cut from Hand in Glove?

the narrator

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  • Joanne F.
  • 04-16-16

Super narrator

I've listened to all the Ngaio Marsh narrators and Mr Sinden is my favourite: especially his Inspector Fox.

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  • Tomboy
  • 02-12-21

Another excellent Marsh.

Another wonderful period piece, classic, golden age whodunnit by one of its greatest proponents. Dame Ngaio's use of language is beautifully descriptive and this novel is fantastically and deliberately laugh out loud funny on many occasions. While read supremely by Jeremy Sinden, the mispronunciation of "Alleyn" is more sinful than Sinden. It detracts from the narration very slightly but it's a small deficiency. If he ever reads Dame Agatha's Poirot novels, l doubt he'll say "Poy Royt"!

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  • Ruth
  • 01-26-21

Enjoyable

I am working my way through Ngaio Marsh's books. This I have to say is possibly my favourite so far. It kept me listening when ever I could. The Narrator Jeremy Sinden is I think the best.

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  • Fiona Berry
  • 11-20-19

Learn how to pronounce Alleyn for goodness sake

Years ago, when I first read a Ngaio Marsh novel, my first task was how to pronounce her first name and her main character's second name. People are free to pronounce the name however they wish, but it is generally agreed that the upper classes (and Alleyn is definitely upper class) pronounce the name ALLEN. In a story which includes a pernickety pedantic family historian who cares about such things it is impossible to believe that the name would be pronounced Allain. It took me ages to learn to think of it as Allen... and the name is tripping me up all through the otherwise well done audio book. It's probably too late now, but if the name is pronounced the same way by all the other readers, it will probably dissuade me from buying another Ngaio Marsh. I find it soo irritating that the publisher didn't check this. They must have checked the pronunciation of Ngaio?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-21

voice characterisation

great story by Ngaio marsh. the reading was very absorbing except for one unfortunate characterisation. Mr Fox was not read in a believable voice. would be 100% perfect if not for this one distraction.