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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ngaio Marsh Narrator: Benedict Cumberbatch Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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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 re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen.

It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winddancer | 2/14/2014

    " 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 Surreysmum | 2/9/2014

    " This is an early one, both in order of composition (1938), and in the life of Alleyn, who meets and falls in love with Agatha Troy, his future wife. As in Sayers' series, the lady is involved in a horrible murder case and needs support, altho' Troy is not actually accused as Harriet Vane is. We have a typical closed circle of suspects, a rather ingenious original murder (a model is pressed down upon a hidden knife) and a very gruesome second one (the missing suspect is forced to drink nitric acid). The murderer is predictable not on intellectual but on psychological grounds: she (yes, she) is the character Marsh has been most careful to keep us distanced from - a vain, selfish, cold creature called Valmai Seacliff. She is one of seven students, all with quirks, if not secrets, who are working with Troy and her associate Katti Bostock in a painting studio. Everyone goes off for the weekend, during which time someone plants the knife, carefully draped, on to which the victim is pressed when they all return - all except the unfortunate Garcia, who is the prime suspect until he is found very messily murdered (Marsh, to her credit, does not invent detectives without normal human reactions). Turns out he had, in fact, set the trap while under the influence of opium, but Valmai had actually pushed the model on to the knife, knowing it was there, and had also killed Garcia (lots of blackmail and love triangles all over the place). This one gets a permanent place on my shelf. [These notes were made in 1984:]. "

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

    " (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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 2/7/2014

    " Marsh did something that some authors can't do when it comes to "house party" murder mysteries: she made all the characters distinct enough that as soon as one of them started talking I was able to remember who they were. Sometimes in books with a lot of possible suspects all the characters seem to get a bit muddled up. I also liked the way she develops the relationship between Alleyn and Troy. They still have a lot of obstacles to overcome, but I like the fact that their attraction has an intellectual aspect to it. I also liked Alley's mother; it is clear where he gets his brains from. There were a few odd spots where the narrator intrudes into the story in an odd way, all of the sudden using 1st person, but overall I enjoyed this book a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/30/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michealle | 1/5/2014

    " 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! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tom | 1/2/2014

    " Sadly, I couldn't drum up interest in this one. I had rather severe apathy for the "players" and what looked like a romantic sidecar. Will attempt a different title by the same author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 12/26/2013

    " Best book of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 12/19/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Klein | 12/13/2013

    " I like this one and it has the added bonus of including the introduction of Troy. However I find the murder particularly gruesome and the characters are largely unattractive. Still one of her finest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LDuchess | 10/7/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 7/4/2013

    " The trope of a select cast of characters to choose from as the murderer is a bit boring, but was the genre standard at the time. In this episode in the series, the formula is relieved by the hope of romance for Alleyn with the painter Agatha Troy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 4/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 11/29/2012

    " 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 Karyn | 11/3/2012

    " This is one of my favorite Ngaio Marsh books because Inspector Alleyn meets Agatha Troy for the first time over one of her paintings. It also wins the award for the most gruesome murder I have ever encountered in a mystery novel, which surprised me, since it was written in the 30's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 10/10/2012

    " one of my favorite mysteries by Marsh, I've read all of hers and reread them when I can't sleep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 aPriL MEOWS often with scratching | 6/18/2012

    " 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 TeresaFL | 1/12/2012

    " I eenjoyed this mystery quite a bit. The story had just enough twists to keep it interesting. Plus how can you go wrong when the reader is Benedict Cumberbatch? I'll be listening than other in this series I'm sure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 12/23/2011

    " Good stuff! This is my first Ngaio Marsh read... On the surface she may seem like Agatha Christie, but unlike AC NM does not stint on details regarding sex, drugs, human frailty and human foibles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 9/17/2011

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

  • 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.