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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
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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.

  • Scales of Justice | Ngaio Marsh

    Scales of Justice

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch
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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!"
  • Swing, Brother, Swing | Ngaio Marsh

    Swing, Brother, Swing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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?

    Mack Tennyson says: "I love this author and narrator."
  • Death in a White Tie | Ngaio Marsh

    Death in a White Tie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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....

    David Adams says: "Terrible sound quality ruins the experience"
  • A Man Lay Dead | Ngaio Marsh

    A Man Lay Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    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"
  • Vintage Murder | Ngaio Marsh

    Vintage Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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"
  • Surfeit of Lampreys | Ngaio Marsh

    Surfeit of Lampreys

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    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!!!"
  • Artists in Crime | Ngaio Marsh

    Artists in Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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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"
  • Dead Water | Ngaio Marsh

    Dead Water

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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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"
  • Spinsters in Jeopardy | Ngaio Marsh

    Spinsters in Jeopardy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
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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."
  • The Nursing Home Murder | Ngaio Marsh

    The Nursing Home Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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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"
  • Died in the Wool | Ngaio Marsh

    Died in the Wool

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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.

    Sally Dobbs says: "Don't miss this one"
  • Death at the Dolphin | Ngaio Marsh

    Death at the Dolphin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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"
  • 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
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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 Ecstasy | Ngaio Marsh

    Death in Ecstasy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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.

    John says: "Tedious narrator"
  • Photo-Finish | Ngaio Marsh

    Photo-Finish

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    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....

    L. Wittke says: "Very Silly"
  • Black as He's Painted | Ngaio Marsh

    Black as He's Painted

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
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    When the exuberant president of Ng'ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old schoolmate, Chief Superintendent Alleyn, is called in to persuade him otherwise. Consequently, on the night of the embassy's reception, the house and grounds are stiff with police.

    Rebekah52 says: "Classic Mystery"
  • Final Curtain | Ngaio Marsh

    Final Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By James Saxon
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    A country house murder, artistic insight and the postwar reunion of Alleyn and Troy combine in Ngaio Marsh’s wittiest and most readable novel. Agatha Troy, world-famous portrait painter, is inveigled into accepting a commission to paint the 70-year-old Sir Henry Ancred, Bart., the Grand Old Man of the stage. But just as she has completed her portrait, the old actor dies.

    Cathy Puzey says: "Classic crime - well done!"
  • Colour Scheme | Ngaio Marsh

    Colour Scheme

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
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    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"
  • Death at the Bar | Ngaio Marsh

    Death at the Bar

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
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    A native New Zealander, whose name means "flowering tree," Ngaio Marsh was awarded the Order of the British Empire for her classic mysteries. This one involves a lawyer, a pub, and a deadly dart.

    Michael Geib says: "Death at the Bar"
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