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A Christmas pageant turns unholy.

Holed up at Hilary Bill-Tasman's manor estate for Christmas, Troy Alleyn is to paint the man's portrait and, while she's there, view the Druid Christmas pageant. Along with a pack of eccentric guests, Troy enjoys the festivities, until one of the pageant's players mysteriously disappears into the snowy night. Did the hired help, each a paroled murderer from the nearby prison, have a deadly hand in this Christmas conundrum? Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to join his wife in finding the lost man, and unraveling the glaring truth from the glittering tinsel.

©1972 Ngaio Marsh, Ltd. (P)1994 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Dame Ngaio has yet to write a mystery that is less than perfect." (Portland Oregonian)

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  • C. Telfair
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 08-27-12

Classy Classic

I was confused when I went to my library to review this -- mine says Nadia May is the narrator. Well, turns out Wanda McCaddon is Nadia May! So, another mystery solved!

I read Ngaio Marsh's books years ago, so was happy to revisit on Audible. "Tied Up in Tinsel" turns out to be one of the best I have listened to so far! That is largely due to May/McCaddon's wonderful performance of the eccentric characters in this English Manor mystery. I especially love her treatment of Uncle Flea, a funny, lovable, irascible old Colonel in the classic Empire mode.

The story is also in the classic style of English mysteries. A twist is that the manor's servants are all ex-cons with murder in their pasts. Marsh throws in a lot of red herrings, a gorgeous Christmas tree, and a good deal of humor.

This is strictly for fans of the old-fashioned British upper-class mystery. If you're in the mood for that, this one is tops!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Deana
  • Granby, CT, United States
  • 12-23-11

Great Holiday Mystery

Where does Tied Up in Tinsel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love classic mysteries and I love Ngaio Marsh. This one is great for the holiday season-- very quirky and enjoyable. I always forget, with Marsh, how long she takes to get into the crime. I still love her mysteries, and I love the atmosphere. It's not the greatest mystery of all time, in my mind, But it's festive and well-written as always.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Better than expected

I'd never read Ngaio Marsh so I didn't know what to expect. I like her quirky characters and the setting of this novel. The narration is great. The characters each have a distinct voice and personality. I highly recommend it to fans of Agatha Christy and Dorothy Sayers .

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Exceeds expectations!

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I haven't finished listening to this yet, but am enjoying it so much I wanted to pause and enter a review. The story is unusually rich in humor, setting and cast of characters, and the reading by Wanda McCaddon (new to me) is utterly brilliant! For me, her voice is a veritable paintbrush, defining and distinguishing the diverse assortment of personalities with great imagination and persuasive power. A great holiday read!

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  • sharon
  • wallingford, PA, United States
  • 07-10-07

Just couldn't get into it

I love mysteries -- especially English ones -- but I just could NOT get into this one. Don't bother.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • Levittown, PA, United States
  • 12-26-11

Didn't Even Get Through 2nd CD

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Having the murder closer to the beginning of the story instead of having pointless facts about all the characters.

What could Ngaio Marsh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have the murder closer to the beginning of the book so your interest gets peaked and you want to learn about all the characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment that I wasted my time and money on this audibook. I was really looking forward to listening to a Christmas murder mystery.

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This book was so aweful and boring in the 1st and part of the 2nd CD that I didn't even finish listening to the whole audiobook. I stopped in the middle of the 2nd CD. Don't waste your time or money on this audiobook.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful