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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,218 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: October 2005 ISBN: 9781455171064
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In this thrilling yarn, the art of detection gets clouded by desire.

It was a bizarre pose for beautiful model Sonia Gluck—and her last. For in the draperies of her couch lay a fatal dagger, and behind her murder lies all the intrigue and acid-etched temperament of an artist’s colony. Called in to investigate, Scotland Yard’s Inspector Roderick Alleyn thinks this is just another routine case…for now. The model was killed in full view of the entire class, making everyone in it a suspect. Then there’s the matter of a second murder. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, before he can corner the killer Alleyn finds his own passions unexpectedly stirred by the feisty painter Agatha Troy—brilliant artist and suspected murderess. And Agatha has nothing but scorn for the art of detection.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    New York magazine

  • Artists in Crime is Miss Marsh’s best…Her touch is light without lapsing into the facetious, her characterization excellent, her plot neat and precise.”

    Spectator

  • “Marsh moves into top gear.”

    Susan Howatch, novelist

  • “[Wanda McCaddon] brings all the right intonations and vocal characterizations to her narration, resulting in a thoroughly enjoyable production.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winddancer | 2/20/2014

    " This review applies to anything written by Dame Marsh. If you enjoy murder mysteries, 1930s England, and complex characters, motives, and plots, this is the mystery writer for you. I've read Marsh and Christie. I prefer Marsh, hands down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 2/10/2014

    " Ok, Rachel, yes, this is a good author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 aPriL MEOWS often with scratching | 2/9/2014

    " Particularly written with great care, vivid and smooth. The murders are gruesome, but as usual, the people who most annoy get their comeuppance and that takes the sting out of their denouement. The blooming romance between Troy and Alleyn is as delicate as eyelash kisses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 2/8/2014

    " How Alleyn meets his future wife Troy and she "almost" loves him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/5/2014

    " Since I've nearly exhausted Agatha Christie's oeuvre, I decided to try branching out into Ngaio Marsh's. This book was compelling and had many of the elements I most love from Christie's mysteries including a quirky cast of characters with complicated relationships and secret pasts, living in the English countryside in the era and social class of manservants and parlor maids. Like Christie's plot lines, most of the book is spent detailing the Scotland Yard interviews with duplicitous suspects and the brainstorming sessions of the detective team. I will definitely read some more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Carter | 2/3/2014

    " Five stars for introducing us to the wonderful Troy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 1/22/2014

    " (Date I finished my 2011 reread) This is one of my favorite of the Marsh novels, and the one that got me sucked into reading all of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalyn | 1/22/2014

    " I've enjoyed all of the Ngaio Marsh books, but this one in particular, if only because it offers an interesting insight into artistic circles c. 1940 Britain (apparently Marsh herself had formal training as a painter). This mystery is also particularly worth noting because we make the acquaintance here of Roderick Alleyn's love interest, Agatha Troy (who is apparently modelled somewhat on Marsh herself). Although they're not quite a Lord Peter Whimsey/Harriet Vane duo, it's still fascinating to watch the dynamics of their relationship unfold, and somewhat reminiscent of the Whimsey/Vane encounter in that their relationship starts off severely disadvantaged by one of the pair being a suspect in a murder mystery that the other is investigating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 1/21/2014

    " Listened to the audiobook read by Benedict Cumberbatch. Very well read (love how he does different, consistent voices for each character) and greatly enjoyed the story. Lovely old fashioned "who done it" that doesn't make the killer obvious, yet does give you clues in context as you go along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LDuchess | 1/20/2014

    " (Tor's copy. I read this years ago.) Inspec. Roderick Alleyn, (Agatha) Troy--artist "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/10/2014

    " Alleyn meets his lady love, hurray! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 1/3/2014

    " This was a good mystery, full of twists and turns. But what made it especially interesting to me was that it took place in an artist's studio/school--very close to home for my family. Also, we get to watch Alleyn fall in love and really struggle with solving the crime as a result. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty Walker | 12/15/2013

    " The best one, but then I'm a Troy fan and I like reading about painters :) The murderer is very obvious in retrospect, but that makes it a great book as you know who did it all along, you just don't get it until the reveal. Brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huihan | 11/30/2013

    " Marsh introduces a love interest for Inspector Alleyn in volume 4. Compared to how the mystery unravels, the love story develops rather clumsily. Hopefully future volumes won't be affected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 11/2/2013

    " I love Ngaio Marsh, and this one gets extra points for being the book where Roderick Alleyn meets Agatha Troy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hazel | 9/27/2013

    " Childhood favourite. I must have read this a dozen times. Would it still hold up? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michealle | 3/1/2013

    " I liked this book because I liked Agatha Troy so much. Besides, it was a British mystery about a working, successful artist - two of my favorite things! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 2/15/2013

    " Marsh's plot lines are not a intricate as Agatha Christie's, but they are still a fun read. I feel they are similar to a Rex Stout novel, in that Stout is entertaining, but not a complex as a Dashiel Hammett. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelledenisenorton | 7/10/2012

    " One of my favorite mysteries, mixing a surprising romance with a twisting mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teotakuu | 5/7/2011

    " This book begins with Alleyn meeting Troy for the first time and progresses through an art based mystery.

    I also have this on dvd "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 astrangerhere | 1/31/2011

    " Marsh is really hitting her stride. And the more I read of Alleyn, the more I see Detective Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmine | 1/4/2011

    " (Date I finished my 2011 reread) This is one of my favorite of the Marsh novels, and the one that got me sucked into reading all of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 12/13/2010

    " Ok, Rachel, yes, this is a good author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winddancer | 9/13/2010

    " This review applies to anything written by Dame Marsh. If you enjoy murder mysteries, 1930s England, and complex characters, motives, and plots, this is the mystery writer for you. I've read Marsh and Christie. I prefer Marsh, hands down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mmyoung | 4/30/2010

    " One of the Marsh's where I figured out "whodunit" long before the end. I also felt that the relationship between Alleyn and Troy was a dim shadow of the great Harriet/Peter relationship in Sayers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 4/18/2010

    " It's about time Alleyn found a love interest, & Troy is perfect. I love her somewhat prickly shyness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 11/10/2009

    " I love Ngaio Marsh, and this one gets extra points for being the book where Roderick Alleyn meets Agatha Troy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 9/7/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Inspector Alleyn; murder among a group of artists, as a model is killed and Scotland Yard works to unmask the culprit
    "

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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.