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  • Murder for Christmas: Tales of Seasonal Malice | Margery Allingham,Marjorie Bowen,Agatha Christie,John Collier,Arthur Conan Doyle,Stanley Ellin,Ngaio Marsh,Dorothy L Sayers

    Murder for Christmas: Tales of Seasonal Malice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham, Marjorie Bowen, Agatha Christie, and others
    • Narrated By David Birney, Robert Culp, Paul Eddington, and others
    Overall
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    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.

    Kathi says: "Treat for classic mystery lovers"
  • A Man Lay Dead | Ngaio Marsh

    A Man Lay Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    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....

    Laurence G. Byrne says: "Classic Upper Crust Mystery"
  • Death at the Dolphin | Ngaio Marsh

    Death at the Dolphin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (51)
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    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    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.

    Drwo says: "Classic Marsh"
  • Enter a Murderer | Ngaio Marsh

    Enter a Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sound issues"
  • Hand in Glove | Ngaio Marsh

    Hand in Glove

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Jeremy Sinden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
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    (44)
    Story
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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.

    Anne says: "The audiobook would have been better if Saxon narrated"
  • Death and the Dancing Footman | Ngaio Marsh

    Death and the Dancing Footman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (55)
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    Story
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    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....

    Meep says: "NOT PHILIP FRANKS READING!!!"
  • Death in a White Tie | Ngaio Marsh

    Death in a White Tie

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (145)

    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...

    Patricia McBride says: "Abridgment, Narration Highlight Weaknesses"
  • Scales of Justice | Ngaio Marsh

    Scales of Justice

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (143)
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    (128)
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    The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the Old Un, a monster trout known to dwell in a beautiful stream which winds past their homes. Then one of their small community is found brutally murdered; beside him is the freshly killed trout. Both died by violence - but Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn's murder investigation seems to be much more interested in the fish.

    PJ says: "Cumberbatch is a great narrator!"
  • Surfeit of Lampreys | Ngaio Marsh

    Surfeit of Lampreys

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (203)

    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.

    Meep says: "Worth waiting for!!!"
  • Colour Scheme | Ngaio Marsh

    Colour Scheme

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    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.

    Bethany says: "Love, love, love this story"
  • False Scent | Ngaio Marsh

    False Scent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
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    In a poisonous cloud of spray, the curtain falls on a drama queen. Little did beloved British actress Mary Bellamy know that she would be done in at her own birthday party - choked by toxic mist from the bottle of Slaypest, a deadly insecticide. Basking in the glow of her most adoring fans - who all happened to be her most duplicitous enemies - Mary would make her final performance.

  • Dead Water | Ngaio Marsh

    Dead Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
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    The elderly Emily Pride is perfectly pleased to have inherited an island, even if her starchy pragmatism is ever so faintly appalled by the Pixie Falls spring and its reported miraculous healing properties. But really, the locals' attempts to capitalize on the 'miracles' are entirely too tacky - Ye Olde Gift Shoppe, the neon signs…not on Miss Emily’s watch, thank you.

    DJDecca says: "Murder in the Highlands"
  • Artists in Crime | Ngaio Marsh

    Artists in Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
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    One of Ngaio Marsh’s most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model’s pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been reenacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed forever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It’s a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.

    Phebe says: "Brilliant reading"
  • Death of a Fool | Ngaio Marsh

    Death of a Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    At the winter solstice, South Mardian's swordsmen weave their blades in an ancient ritual dance. But for one of them, the excitement proves too heady, and his decapitation turns the fertility rite into a pageant of death. Now Inspector Roderick Alleyn must penetrate not only the mysteries of folklore but also the secrets and sins of an eccentric group, including a surly blacksmith, a domineering dowager, and a not-so-simple village idiot.

    Rebecca J. Leamon says: "A Classic Whodunnit. . ."
  • Spinsters in Jeopardy | Ngaio Marsh

    Spinsters in Jeopardy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
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    A classic Ngaio Marsh mystery thriller combining drugs and sacrifice. High in the mountains stands the magnificent Saracen fortress, home of the mysterious Mr. Oberon, leader of a coven of witches. It is not the historic castle, however, that intrigues Roderick Alleyn, on holiday with his family, but the suspicion that a huge drugs ring operates from within its ancient portals. But before the holiday is over, someone else has stumbled upon the secret.

    Miranda says: "One of the best I have read so far."
  • Vintage Murder | Ngaio Marsh

    Vintage Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    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.

    Mack Tennyson says: "Great Imagery of New Zealand"
  • Tied Up in Tinsel | Ngaio Marsh

    Tied Up in Tinsel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
    (35)
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    (34)
    Story
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    Christmastime in an isolated country house and, following a flaming row in the kitchen, there’s murder inside. When a much disliked visiting servant disappears without trace after playing Santa Claus, foul play is at once suspected - and foul play it proves to be. Only suspicion falls not on the staff but on the guests, all so unimpeachably respectable that the very thought of murder in connection with any of them seems almost heresy.

  • The Nursing Home Murder | Ngaio Marsh

    The Nursing Home Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (171)
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    (153)
    Story
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    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....

    Jan H. Wolfe says: "interesting procedural"
  • When in Rome | Ngaio Marsh

    When in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
    Overall
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    Murder, blackmail and drug dealing on the Tiber combine in one of Ngaio Marsh’s liveliest and most evocative novels. When their guide disappears mysteriously in the depths of a Roman basilica, the members of Mr. Sebastian Mailer’s tour group seem strangely unperturbed. But when a body is discovered in an Etruscan sarcophagus, Superintendent Alleyn, in Rome incognito on the trail of an international drug racket, is very much concerned.

    Mack Tennyson says: "Can't go wrong with Ngaio Marsh"
  • Overture to Death | Ngaio Marsh

    Overture to Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    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.

    Sally Dobbs says: "A thoroughly entertaining read."
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