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Publisher's Summary

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. Now Alleyn must follow a confusing score that features a chorus of family and friends desperate to hide the truth and perhaps shelter a murderer in their midst.
©1949 Ngaio Marsh, Ltd. (P)1994 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A succulent novel." (The New York Times)
"It's time to compare Christie to Marsh instead of the other way around." (New York Magazine)

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  • Susan
  • Oroville, CA, United States
  • 08-30-07

ZZZZzzzzzzzz

I found this devastatingly boring. Whether it was the narrator and her exaggerated pronunciation of everything, particularly the French accents, or whether it was the story itself, I don't know. I stuck it out, hoping it would "catch" and I'd want to know what happened next, but it never did. I hate to think about the time I wasted, not to mention the money. I didn't like it.

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Ok story, torturous narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not one of my favorite Ngaio Marsh stories, I don't think I liked a single of the characters besides Alleyn and Fox. Very hard to be in sympathy with anyone since I kept hoping they would all just shut up and die in a house fire. This is wholly subjective though, I know.

Nadia May is also not a narrator I can really enjoy. Her accents are too exaggerated and varied. It seems like she trips herself up; sometimes one character's accent gets mixed up with another and I don't realize that Alleyn is talking because the first few words of his speech sound like Fox. And anyone French is just torturous to listen to, drawls on forever.

What did you like best about this story?

Fox. Always Briar Fox.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nadia May?

Benedict Cumberbatch, Phillip Franks, James Saxon

Was A Wreath for Rivera worth the listening time?

No. I've only regretting downloading two of Ngaio Marsh's books, this one and Colour Scheme–for different reasons. I could have stood the mediocre plot and unlikable characters of Wreath for Rivera if the narration was more enjoyable.