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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (845 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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Even down in New Zealand, war-fueled spy fever is running wild. Near the decaying sulphur springs of Colonel and Mrs. Claire, the strange lights and signals being sent to foreign ships at sea indicate that there’s a spy in their midst.

Soon an even darker sign appears: a health-seeker with untoward intentions meets his demise in the boiling mud baths. Scotland Yard’s Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, far from home on a wartime quest for German agents, knows that any number of people could have killed the unpleasant man: the English exiles he’d hated, the New Zealanders he’d despised, or the Maoris he’d insulted. Even the spies he’d thwarted—if he wasn’t a spy himself. And when a new arrival appears, one who possesses the cunning of a criminal and the insight of a psychologist, the inspector’s interest is piqued.

Often regarded as her most interesting book and set on New Zealands North Island, Ngaio Marsh herself considered this to be her best-written novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The queen of the straight crime novel—long may she reign!”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Nobody begins to touch Ngaio Marsh’s skill at creating corpses and suspects…Her dialogue is a continuous delight.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “[McCaddon] embraces the challenge of re-creating a host of characters with varying accents, including depiction of Maori New Zealanders.”

    Booklist

  • “Technically flawless…Superbly narrated by [Wanda McCaddon] and a ‘must’ for all Ngaio Marsh fans.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Doina | 2/20/2014

    " This installment had a very slow start, and the plot didn't grab me. I really enjoy the fluidity of Marsh's writing, and even her bad novels manage to grab me, but I wish the plot was better developed. And I really miss the traditional setting, with Alleyn and his sidekick. I usually find WWII spy novels entertaining, but this one was just too blah, and I think the main reason was the fact that I didn't care for any of the characters. Even Marsh's usually detailed scene development couldn't save this book for me. This was definitely my least favourite Alleyn mystery so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kristen | 2/17/2014

    " A murder mystery set in New Zealand during WWII. I don't know how I missed reading this as a teen when I devoured Christie. Quite enjoyable for a quiet afternoon read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michale | 2/14/2014

    " Excellent addition to Roderick Alleyn series (although he is incognito), set in wartime New Zealand. Descriptions of Maori characters, culture and landscape read like a travelogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brainorgan | 2/5/2014

    " Colour Scheme (Roderick Alleyn Mysteries) by Ngaio Marsh (1998) "

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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.