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The April Fool’s Day had been a roaring success for all, it seemed - except for poor Mr. Cartell, who had ended up in the ditch - forever. Then there was the case of Mr. Percival Pyke Period’s letter of condolence, sent before the body was found - not to mention the family squabbles.

It was a puzzling crime for Superintendent Alleyn....

©1962 Original Text of 1962 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"Neat, dexterous.... Miss Marsh’s freshest and most enjoyable performance for years." ( Sunday Times)
"Light, entertaining and disastrously readable." ( Guardian)

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The audiobook would have been better if Saxon narrated

The story was entertaining. The swallowing of the narrator was noticeable and a distraction, especially near the end.

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Good story

Character development good. Story moves along at a good pace. Kept looking for the character Elaine, which is how the narrator pronounced the name Alleyn. Will continue listening to this series. Purchase about one per month.

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Aces in Spades

Very interesting. Ngagio Marsh is so clever in painting a picture for your viewing pleasure.

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Poor Performance

Ngaio Marsh, herself, clearly articulated how to pronounce Alleyn's name. She said it sounded like "Allen". The narrator kept pronouncing his name as "Allyen", which was irritating. He also used poor stage voices for key characters. Inspector Fox, for example, sounded like a female fairy rather than the gruff character written.

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once again narrator ruined the story

Would you try another book from Ngaio Marsh and/or Jeremy Sinden?

love inspector Alleyn but HATE this narrator - he mispronounces the FAMOUS main character's last name and it ruins it for me...too distracting.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

love inspector Alleyn but HATE this narrator - he mispronounces the FAMOUS main character's last name and it ruins it for me...too distracting. if you can get past that, ots probably a good story - i don't know - couldn't listen any longer and returned the title

What character would you cut from Hand in Glove?

the narrator

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  • Joanne F.
  • 04-16-16

Super narrator

I've listened to all the Ngaio Marsh narrators and Mr Sinden is my favourite: especially his Inspector Fox.

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