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Publisher's Summary

A touring theatre company in New Zealand forms the basis of one of Marsh’s most ambitious and innovative novels.

New Zealand theatrical manager Alfred Meyer wanted to celebrate his wife’s birthday in style. The piece de résistance would be the jeroboam of champagne which would descend gently into a nest of fern and coloured lights on the table, set up onstage after the performance.

But something went horribly wrong. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn witnessed it himself. Was Meyer’s death the product of Maori superstitions? Or something much more down to earth?

©1937 Original Text of 1937 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"The theatre detail is engrossing." (Margaret Lewis)
"A far more ambitious novel than anything Marsh had attempted before." ( American Journal of Popular Culture)
"Her work is as nearly flawless as makes no odds. Character, plot, wit, good writing, and sound technique." ( Sunday Times)
"The finest writer in the English languange of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress." ( The Sun)

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Great Imagery of New Zealand

Besides a good detective novel, the rich descriptions of New Zealand had me looking up the cost of Airplane tickets to there.

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  • Sarah
  • BOERNE, TX, United States
  • 08-13-17

Old School Mystery

Too complicated, too many characters. That said, the characters were well drawn and well developed. The narrator was faultless - super job of giving each character a unique voice. I got this as it was the selection of the month for a book club. I did enjoy it and would recommend it if you want a cozy mystery that is not easy to figure out.

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Too complex

I usually enjoy Ngaio Marsh stories but this one seemed unnecessarily complex. There were too many characters with very similar personalities which made the story was hard to follow.

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classic

If you could sum up Vintage Murder in three words, what would they be?

Great story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vintage Murder?

The interview between the main character and the doctor

What does James Saxon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I was a little disappointed with his voice. I picture a stronger more masculine voice.
The stories are terrific so I will purchase again and again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Of course when he solves the case is the best part, although the picnic with the leading lady was especially descriptive.

Any additional comments?

I will listen to all of these books.

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  • Enrique Bonifacino
  • 08-27-17

I couldn't finish this book

I don't know what happened here, it is the first time I can't follow the story. Maybe it is the accent of the narrator, maybe it is the way it was written. I didn't enjoy it at all.

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  • Rodney Wetherell
  • 05-01-17

Magnificent reading of old-style murder mystery

I was held by the great reading of this mystery, though the story was over-complicated.