• Overture to Death

  • A Roderick Alleyn Mystery
  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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Overture to Death

By: Ngaio Marsh
Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
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Publisher's Summary

Who in the quiet village of Chipping would kill wealthy spinster Idris Campanula? Plenty of people—among them her fellow cast members from a troubled charity production. Miss Campanula was a spiteful gossip, gleefully destroying others’ lives merely for her own excitement. But once Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives, he quickly realizes that the murderer might have killed the wrong woman—and may soon stage a repeat performance.

Investigate another case with Roderick Alleyn.
©1956 Ngaio Marsh (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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This Has to Be One of Her Best

Ever since slogging through Death of a Fool, I’ve been wary of Ngaio Marsh. Then I ran across Shannon Applegate’s comment on that volume (“…usually love her books but found this one hard to follow and not as interesting”) and realized I should give Marsh another chance. I’m very glad I did.

This story is not only easy, but enjoyable to follow. Inspector Alleyn has all the charm and good humor of Lord Peter Wimsey without that aristocrat’s sardonic, world-weary streak. The writing sparkles with wit, intelligence and insight into the cauldron of our human stew. And among her many gifts, Nadia May is one of the few female readers who delivers convincing male voices.

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A Gem

Naio Marsh’s mysteries are always well thought out and presented. The storyline was clever and the clues appropriately spread out and later explained.

The narration was very well done. Each character’s voice was appropriate for that character.

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lots of village atmosphere

Marsh sets out the village characters, many of whom are likeable. Then ugly murder and the effort to trap the murderer gets underway. The voice actress is very good. The story is better. Recommended

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Amazing, extremely talented narrator

The story was good, but the narrator was the best I've heard. She had a different voice for every character, and there were MANY. I look forward to listening to more of her work.

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Another great story

Love her books! Great British mystery with the wonderful Inspector Roderick Alleyn. I listened to the audio book. I enjoyed the performance by Wanda McCladdon. I will listen to other books she narrates .

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Better than Agatha Christie

Ngaio Marsh is a witty, entertaining writer. These books are wonderfully read with clear characters but no hamming it up as some readers do. Great dialogue, fun plots, vivid characters and a memorable main detective character. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a classic British mystery.

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Excellent Narration

Ngaio Marsh is a favorite of mine - her writing is amusing, and clever, and descriptive. This story is all of those things, and introduces delightful and irritating characters quite amusing to meet.
Wanda McCaddon's narration is clear, animated, and at a good speed. I will look for more of her performances simply for the enjoyment of hearing her voice.

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Excellent all around.

Have always liked Ngaio Marsh's books. Yes, they are dated, but look at when they were written for heaven's sake. The narrator, Wanda McCaddon, did a wonderful job. Very entertaining.

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Why is Ngaio Marsh written Nagio Marsh over the top of several of these audiobooks? I am mystified

Odd. Can someone explain? Although I understand that Ngaio is pronounced “nigh-oh,” I don’t see how Nagio is an improvement.