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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (538 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: 9781455177950
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When the president of Ng’ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old school mate, Chief Superintendent Alleyn, is called in to try to persuade him otherwise.

Alleyn performs his mission so successfully that on the night of the Ng’ombwanan embassy’s reception, the house and grounds are stiff with police. However, an assassin does strike, and Alleyn discovers a wealth of suspects in a coterie of ex-colonials residing in the very shadow of the embassy. Fortunately, he has no shortage of help either, from Special Branch to a tribal court—and a small black cat named Lucy Lockett who out-detects them all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Marsh] writes better than Christie.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an empress.”

    Sun (London)

  • “[Wanda McCaddon] is nothing short of extraordinary in this complicated mystery dominated by multiple male characters. In fact, listeners will disregard [McCaddon’s] gender altogether as she shifts effortlessly from one dialect to another during heated and animated conversations. Every character’s eccentricity is explored and appropriately interpreted, adding spice, humor, and authenticity to a proper British mystery.”

    AudioFile

  • “As indispensable as that anchovy toast which appears at teatime if it’s the taste you once acquired.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 1/15/2014

    " Another one of the better Marshes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 1/3/2014

    " I just couldn't get into this story about a country getting independence and the former colonials and the way it was all mixed up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Field | 12/21/2013

    " I found the language very interesting. It certainly gave a greater insight into british colonial thinking than say Agatha does. The murder mystery itself wasn't quite in Agatha's league but it was closer than most "

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

    " I like a bit of moral ambiguity and history/commentary in mysteries. The plot twist is a nice touch. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer Yoo-Brannon | 12/19/2013

    " I was disappointed with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/9/2013

    " I'm liking Ngaio Marsh quite a bit- I even find myself confusing her stuff with Josephine Tey's! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 1/21/2013

    " Ngaio Marsh is no Dorothy Sayers or Agatha Christie, but for classic British murder mystery addicts, she will do in a pinch. This particular book reflects the racial attitudes and stereotypes of the era during which it was written and may offend modern sensibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marleen | 1/15/2013

    " I did in fact listen to this book on audio Cd's but couldn't find the right picture for that one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 10/29/2012

    " Listened to well-narrated audio recording. Very British, very literate, very enjoyable---rather a jolly mystery. Recommend to fans of spirited but civilized whodoneits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leyla | 7/13/2012

    " One of my absolute favorite Inspector Alleyn's. Great characterization, plot and setting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 6/2/2012

    " Another great one in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gjmegjake | 9/5/2011

    " Another used bookshop purchase to fill in the collection. I enjoyed this one in particular probably because I couldn't figure out who done it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/23/2011

    " Like all of Dame Marsh's books, always literate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan B. | 7/1/2010

    " A good old-fashioned murder mystery. Just like I like them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca (N) | 3/1/2010

    " Politically incorrect but some interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 9/2/2009

    " Listened to well-narrated audio recording. Very British, very literate, very enjoyab---rather a jolly mystery. Recommend to fans of spirited but civilized whodoneits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 3/22/2009

    " Ngaio Marsh is no Dorothy Sayers or Agatha Christie, but for classic British murder mystery addicts, she will do in a pinch. This particular book reflects the racial attitudes and stereotypes of the era during which it was written and may offend modern sensibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marleen | 11/22/2008

    " I did in fact listen to this book on audio Cd's but couldn't find the right picture for that one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 11/6/2008

    " Like all of Dame Marsh's books, always literate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gjmegjake | 4/11/2008

    " Another used bookshop purchase to fill in the collection. I enjoyed this one in particular probably because I couldn't figure out who done it! "

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