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Publisher's Summary

The crime scene was the stage of the Unicorn Theatre, when a prop gun fired a very real bullet; the victim was an actor clawing his way to stardom using bribery instead of talent; and the suspects included two unwilling girlfriends and several relieved blackmail victims.

The stage is set for one of Roderick Alleyn's most baffling cases....

©1935 Original Text of 1935 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"It’s all good Ngaio Marsh, and that is good enough to satisfy the most critical reader of detective stories." ( New York Times)

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Excellent

I can't believe that I haven't listened to a Ngaio Marsh before. What a fool I've been! Her writing is almost as good as Dorothy L. Sayers. I can't wait to hear the rest of her books.

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Sound issues

The book was good but the sound was horrible! It sounded at times as though it had been recorded decades ago in a a tin can. Every chapter had varying sound quality. It was quite irksome as I love all of the other Ngaio Marsh books I've listened to. Not sure why only this one had technical issues.

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Fun mystery

The characters interacted well. The story moved smoothly, though the end was a tiny bit rushed

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  • L
  • Westlake Village, CA, United States
  • 04-25-18

Always a good read/listen

Naio Marsh’s mysteries are always well constructed and James Saxon’s voices fit the characters and are always suited to the context.

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  • 02-17-16

A great mystery

This is a real bonus for anyone who likes a whodunnit. The story is very well written and the narrator does a first class job.

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  • 03-15-18

Gave up

Listened untill chapter 9.Didnt really enjoy the story, made worse by the dreadful narrator

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  • Deborah
  • 06-22-16

Very hammy!

The love scenes were excruciating and Alleyn calls his mates "old sausage". It hasn't aged well and neither is it classy. This was the first Alleyn book I have listened to, and it will be the last b

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