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It was a horrible death - Maurice Questing was lured into a pool of boiling mud and left there to die. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, far from home on a wartime quest for German agents, knows that any number of people could have killed him: the English exiles he'd hated, the New Zealanders he'd despised, or the Maoris he'd insulted. Even the spies he'd thwarted - if he wasn't a spy himself...
©1943 by Ngaio Marsh; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Pam
  • Mangilao, GU, United States
  • 12-09-04

Mud pot mystery!

I love Ngaio Marsh although Colour Scheme isn't perhaps, my favorite because Chief Inspector Alleyn doesn't appear until the very end (in a way). But Ms. Marsh makes you live New Zealand in wartime and her depictions of the Maoris are spot-on! Ngaio Marsh certainly deserves to have a larger listenership, and I encourage Audible listeners to buy this and her other books. You won't be disappointed. The narrator, Nadia May, is also very good, her 'voices' enhance the production.

My major reason for writing this review is to alert Audible that there's a problem with the audio program production. At least 10 times during the book's course, a paragraph is repeated. While this is actually helpful if I've become distracted by driving concerns, it's a little disconcerting to hear it all again. This book needs to be re-edited.

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  • Rod
  • Riverside, CA, United States
  • 12-30-04

Not quite there

This just wasn't something I could get into. I gave up after several hours. It might mean more to some one with more awareness to the New Zealand setting. The narrator was okay but, not captivating. I agree with the other reviewer about some paragraphs being repeated.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean the Bean
  • 04-28-15

Brilliant

Excellent story, set in wartime NewZealand with a colourful cast of characters. Nadia May's narration is faultless. This is one to listen to again.

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  • M. Hands
  • 01-06-15

Good old fashioned crime!

I love Ngiao Marshs books. This is no exception. Overall the narration is good, but the reader just cannot do accents to save her life! She should give up trying and just use her own rather pleasant voice.

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  • 09-11-07

Early Ngaio Marsh

This is a 'duvet read' best listened to wrapped in that duvet with a cup of tea, a couple of rich tea biscuits and nothing else to do.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-17

Hugely Enjoyable

This is a great introduction to a wonderfully talented writer whose superbly well-crafted plots are only just about equal to her acutely-observed and thoroughly engrossing cast of characters.