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Publisher's Summary

At the winter solstice, South Mardian's swordsmen weave their blades in an ancient ritual dance. But for one of them, the excitement proves too heady, and his decapitation turns the fertility rite into a pageant of death. Now Inspector Roderick Alleyn must penetrate not only the mysteries of folklore but also the secrets and sins of an eccentric group, including a surly blacksmith, a domineering dowager, and a not-so-simple village idiot.

Ngaio Marsh is a master of the mystery story. She says of herself: "I just slid into detective writing....I had no notion I should be wedded to it for the rest of my life." Marsh slid to the very top of her profession, however, and now stands with Agatha Christie, who first inspired Miss Marsh to try her hand at detective novels.

©1956 Ngaio Marsh; (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"May's narration soars as the granddaughter of the deceased practices vocal exercises and further complicates matters with her romantic entanglement and family history." (AudioFile)

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A Classic Whodunnit. . .

A perfect "listen" for December. Interesting characters and an intriguing plot. Ngaio Marsh is great, and so is Nadia May. Highly recommended!

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Great Book. Reader ruined it for me. Kept smacking

Would you be willing to try another one of Nadia May’s performances?

No

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Love all Ngiao Marsh books. Just did not like this reader. The constant smacking noises quite ruined it for me.

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Good mystery, bad editing

The chapters end suddenly and then the next one starts up right away. It's annoying. It is also the weakest of the Nadia May narrations I've listened to so far.

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My least favorite Marsh

My least favorite Marsh. I usually love her books, but found this one hard to follow and not as interesting.