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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (433 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ngaio Marsh Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455171330
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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?

When Lord Pastern Bagott takes up with the hot music of Breezy Bellair and His Boys, his disapproving wife Cecile has more than usual to be unhappy about. The band’s devastatingly handsome but roguish accordionist, Carlos Rivera, has taken a rather intense and mutual interest in her precious daughter, Felicite. So when a bit of stage business goes awry and actually kills him, it’s lucky that Inspector Roderick Alleyn is in the audience. Now Alleyn must follow a confusing score that features a chorus of family and friends desperate to hide the truth and perhaps shelter a murderer in their midst.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A succulent novel.”

    New York Times

  • “It’s time to compare Christie to Marsh instead of the other way around.”

    New York magazine

  • “Reader [McCaddon]…gives a lively, fully voiced reading that captures all the character nuances of this heterogeneous cast of characters.” 

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 9/21/2013

    " A little dishevelled Marsh. I enjoy it for the colourful characters and rich vocabulary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 8/21/2013

    " Not my favourite Ngaio Marsh, but well worth reading and re-reading. Very funny, but with a rather unpleasant conclusion--but you don't realize how unpleasant until the last page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 6/5/2013

    " A fun light mystery read - like a slightly more sophisticated Agatha Christie book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jz | 1/16/2013

    " Entertaining, but not one of her best. I can seldom guess whodunit, but this one was obvious to me. The method was interesting, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/2/2012

    " Characters ridiculous enough for P.G. Wodehouse but with all the cunning of Ngaio Marsh. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Kay | 4/22/2012

    " This old book by Ngaio Marsh has been newly re-recorded & I enjoyed listening to it, but it pales next to newer stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/19/2012

    " Memorable characters, memorable setting, interesting mode of murder = another great Roderick Alleyn mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 3/1/2012

    " This one was weird - lots of "hip" talk and strangeness. I gather Marsh had made a few forays into jazz clubs.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 6/29/2011

    " I never have liked Marsh's famous detective Roderick Alleyn. I think he is such a snob. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 5/4/2011

    " This one was OK but not one of the best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brainorgan | 10/28/2010

    " A Wreath for Rivera by Ngaio Marsh (1998) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Stephenson | 10/1/2010

    " Did I detect an intent to parody Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey in Marsh's Lord Pastern? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 4/15/2010

    " I never have liked Marsh's famous detective Roderick Alleyn. I think he is such a snob. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brainorgan | 4/2/2010

    " A Wreath for Rivera by Ngaio Marsh (1998) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/22/2010

    " A little dishevelled Marsh. I enjoy it for the colourful characters and rich vocabulary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/20/2009

    " A fun light mystery read - like a slightly more sophisticated Agatha Christie book. "

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About the Author
Author Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh (1895–1982), born in New Zealand, wrote over thirty detective novels. Many of her stories had theatrical settings, as her real passion was for the theater. She was both an actress and a producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public’s interest in live theater. In 1966 she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.