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    • Overture to Death

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    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

    • 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 247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 224

    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

    • 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 71
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    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

    • Surfeit of Lampreys

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240

    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

    • 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 110
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    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

    • Scales of Justice

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 147

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cumberbatch is a great narrator!

    • By PJ on 08-01-12

    Regular price: $10.11

    • Photo-Finish

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    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

    • Vintage Murder

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 91

    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

    • Grave Mistake

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Jane Asher
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    A spa stay turns into a homicidal holiday.... A bit snobbish and a trifle high strung, Sybil Foster prides herself on owning the finest estate in Upper Quintern and hiring the best gardener. In fact she is rapturous over the new asparagus beds when a visit from her unwelcome stepson sends her scurrying to a chic spa for a rest cure, a liaison with the spa's director...and an apparent suicide. Her autopsy holds one surprise, a secret drawer a second.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By J Skinner on 01-30-16

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Death and the Dancing Footman

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    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

    • Clutch of Constables

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    A classic Ngaio Marsh novel which features blood-curdling murders in the confines of a riverboat, the Zodiac, cruising through Constable country. 'He looks upon the murders that he did in fact perform as tiresome and regrettable necessities', reflected Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn on the international crook known as 'the Jampot'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A most entertaining performance!

    • By G. Malloy on 03-14-17

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Overture to Death

    • A Roderick Alleyn Mystery
    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    Regular price: $19.56

    • Black as He's Painted

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    Alleyn performs his mission so successfully that on the night of the Ng'ombwanan Embassy's reception, the house and grounds are stiff with police. However, an assassin does strike, and Alleyn discovers a wealth of suspects in a coterie of ex-colonials residing in the very shadow of the Embassy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • At the very end..You understand!

    • By Kindle Customer on 06-11-15

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Colour Scheme

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    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

    • Died in the Wool

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    Ngaio Marsh returns to her New Zealand roots to transplant the classic country house murder mystery to an upland sheep station on South Island - and produces one of her most exotic and intriguing novels. One summer evening in 1942, Flossie Rubrick, MP, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband’s wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech - and disappears.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don't miss this one

    • By Sally Dobbs on 08-26-16

    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 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    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

    • False Scent

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    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.

    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 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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

    • Artists in Crime

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant reading

    • By Phebe on 10-13-16

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Enter a Murderer

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    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

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