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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,214 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.