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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Grace | 12/19/2013

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

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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.