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A Man Lay Dead
A game of ‘murders’ at Sir Hubert Handesley’s country house party becomes far too realistic for anyone’s liking. First a guest arrives with a dangerously lethal dagger and then, when the gong sounds to announce the start of the game, the victim plays dead in a very convincing manner. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn believes the unusual dagger is a vital clue to the real-life murder, and soon he’s on the trail of a Russian secret society.

A Surfeit of Lampreys
Like all good aristocrats, the Lampreys are charming but penniless - so a visit from the wealthy head of their family is greatly anticipated. However, their Uncle Gabriel isn’t persuaded to part with his money and a row ensues. When a body is found in the lift leading to the Lampreys’ flat, Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn finds a family immersed in hidden secrets and intrigue.

Jeremy Clyde stars as Chief Inspector Alleyn in these BBC Radio dramatisations of two of Ngaio Marsh’s much-loved mysteries.

©2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • IreneTH
  • El Cerrito, CA, United States
  • 02-01-15

Quality radio productions. Thoroughly enjoyed them

Would you consider the audio edition of BBC Radio Crimes: The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: A Man Lay Dead & A Surfeit of Lampreys to be better than the print version?

I read a large number of the Ngaio Marsh books upon which this radio series is based. The BBC was and still is an excellent producer of mysteries on radio and I enjoyed listening to these two episodes.very much.

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  • Richard T.
  • 03-27-15

Always enjoy a radio play

Good fun, easy listening. Good story. Well dramatised. Well acted. want to listen to more!

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  • J
  • 07-07-13

Excellent Perfomance

Although this book says it's narrated by 'Jeremy Clyde' it is in fact 'played out' with various other performers. I particularly liked Jeremy Clyde's performance of Inspector Alleyn but none of the actors hit a wrong chord. A thoroughly enjoyable listen.