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    • A Man Lay Dead

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 233

    Wealthy Sir Hubert Handesley's original and lively weekend house parties are deservedly famous. To amuse his guests, he has devised a new form of the fashionable Murder Game, in which a guest is secretly selected to commit a 'murder' in the dark, and everyone assembles to solve the crime. But when the lights go up this time, there is a real corpse....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Upper Crust Mystery

    • By Laurence G. Byrne on 02-25-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Surfeit of Lampreys

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243

    Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novel begins when a young New Zealander’s first contact with the English gentry is the body of Lord Wutherford - with a meat skewer through the eye.... The Lampreys had plenty of charm - but no cash. They all knew they were peculiar - and rather gloried in it. The double and triple charades, for instance, with which they would entertain their guests - like rich but awful Uncle Gabriel, who was always such a bore.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worth waiting for!!!

    • By Meep on 11-26-15

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Vintage Murder

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 93

    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 on stage after the performance. But something went horribly wrong. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn witnessed it himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Imagery of New Zealand

    • By Mack Tennyson on 03-31-16

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Opening Night

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    Dreams of stardom had lured Martyn Tarne from faraway New Zealand to make the dreary, soul-destroying round of West End agents and managers in search of work. The Vulcan Theatre had been her last forlorn hope, and now, driven by sheer necessity, she was glad to accept the humble job of dresser to its leading lady. And then came the eagerly awaited opening night.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fabulously read with amazing voices

    • By Thomas on 02-12-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Overture to Death

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. But its execution was doomed when Miss Campanula sat down to play. A chord was struck, a shot rang out and Miss Campanula was dead. A case of sinister infatuation for the brilliant Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story, Passable Narrator

    • By Kindle Customer on 10-24-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Death in Ecstasy

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    The poison was cyanide, slipped into the sacred wine of ecstasy just before it was presented to Miss Cara Quayne at the House of the Sacred Flame. The victim was a deeply religious initiate who had trained for a month for her last ceremony. She was also a very beautiful woman.... The suspects were the other initiates and the high priest. All claimed they were above earthly passions. But Cara Quayne had provoked lust, jealousy - and murder.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Tedious narrator

    • By John on 03-27-17

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Death in a White Tie

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107

    A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh’s 1930s novels. The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend, Lord Robert Gospell, at the scene. But someone else got there first....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible sound quality ruins the experience

    • By David Adams on 03-23-16

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Murder for Christmas

    • Tales of Seasonal Malice
    • By: Margery Allingham, Marjorie Bowen, Agatha Christie, and others
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Robert Culp, Paul Eddington, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Ah, the pleasures of Christmas...the hanging of greens, the traditional feast, the gathering families, a few secrets in the air...and a bit of murder, conspiracy, and theft. The holiday season seems to inspire the imagination of the best mystery writers, and their talents shine here in these delightful tales of Yuletide crime. So seize a few quiet hours in this busiest of seasons to enjoy their sleigh full of mysterious treasures, here with the finest of flair.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Treat for classic mystery lovers

    • By Kathi on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Death and the Dancing Footman

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    A winter weekend ends in snowbound disaster in a novel which remains a favourite among Marsh readers. It began as an entertainment: eight people, many of them enemies, gathered for a winter weekend by a host with a love for theatre. They would be the characters in a drama that he would devise. It ended in snowbound disaster. Everyone had an alibi - and most had motives as well. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn, when he finally arrived, knew it all hung on Thomas, the dancing footman....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • NOT PHILIP FRANKS READING!!!

    • By Meep on 12-18-15

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Death at the Dolphin

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    The restoration of a bombed-out London theatre ends in violent death - and one of Marsh’s most vivid and dramatic novels. When the bombed-out Dolphin Theatre is given to Peregrine Jay by a mysterious wealthy patron, he is overjoyed. And when the mysterious oil millionaire also gives him a glove that belonged to Shakespeare, Peregrine displays it in the dockside theatre and writes a successful play about it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Marsh

    • By Drwo on 09-07-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Enter a Murderer

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Virginia on 08-27-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Death at the Bar

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    A classic Ngaio Marsh novel in which a game of darts in an English pub has gruesome consequences. At the Plume of Feathers in south Devon one midsummer evening, eight people are gathered together in the taproom. They are in the habit of playing darts, but on this occasion an experiment takes the place of the usual game - a fatal experiment which calls for investigation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of Marsh’s Best

    • By Kindle Customer on 10-24-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Death in a White Tie

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
    • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171

    The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Abridgment, Narration Highlight Weaknesses

    • By Patricia McBride on 01-09-13

    Regular price: $13.08

    • Singing in the Shrouds

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57

    On a cold February night, the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away singing. When the cargo ship Cape Farewell sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer. Which is why Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins the ship at Portsmouth on the most difficult assignment of his professional career....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It is okay, but narration needs help.

    • By notlad on 07-21-18

    Regular price: $20.65

    • The Nursing Home Murder

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    Sir John Phillips, the Harley Street surgeon, and his beautiful nurse, Jane Harden, are almost too nervous to operate. The emergency case on the table before them is the Home Secretary - and they both have very good, personal reasons to wish him dead. Within hours he does die, although the operation itself was a complete success, and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn must find out why....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • interesting procedural

    • By Jan H. Wolfe on 03-05-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Swing, Brother, Swing

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    Lord Pastern fired his revolver. The figure in the spotlight fell, and the coup-de-theatre had become murder. Could Inspector Alleyn believe Pastern had let hatred of his future son-in-law go too far? Or would the tangle of jealousies and blackmail among the guests reveal another murderer?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this author and narrator.

    • By Mack Tennyson on 10-30-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Colour Scheme

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    Maurice Questing was left to die in a pool of boiling mud. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that any number of people could have killed him: the English exiles he'd hated, the New Zealanders he'd despised or the Maoris he'd insulted. Even the spies he'd thwarted - if he wasn't a spy himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love, love, love this story

    • By Bethany on 04-05-16

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Off with His Head

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Pagan revelry and morris dancing in the middle of a very cold winter set the scene for one of Ngaio Marsh’s most fascinating murder mysteries. When the pesky Anna Bünz arrives at Mardian to investigate the rare survival of folk dancing still practised there, she quickly antagonizes the villagers. But Mrs Bünz is not the only source of friction - two of the other enthusiasts are also spoiling for a fight.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • This was a no... thumps down... for me.

    • By Marianna on 09-03-18

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Photo-Finish

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    The luxury mansion on New Zealand's Lake Waihoe was the ideal place for the world-famous soprano to rest after her triumphant tour. Chief Superintendent Alleyn and his wife were among the houseguests - but theirs was not a social visit. When tragedy struck, the peace of the island was shattered. With a houseful of suspects now isolated by one of the lake's sudden storms, Alleyn was to face one of his trickiest cases....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very Silly

    • By L. Wittke on 03-04-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Artists in Crime

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    When murder upsets the creative tranquility of an artists' colony, Scotland Yard sends in its most famous investigator. And what begins as a routine case turns out to be the most momentous of Roderick Alleyn's career. For before he can corner the killer, his heart is captured by one of the suspects, the flashing-eyed painter Agatha Troy, who has nothing but scorn for the art of detection.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Classic Mystery

    • By Carole T. on 06-17-12

    Regular price: $19.57

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