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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ngaio Marsh Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A winter weekend ends in snowbound disaster in a novel which remains a favourite among Marsh readers. It began as an entertainment: eight people, many of them enemies, gathered for a winter weekend by a host with a love for theatre. They would be the characters in a drama that he would devise. It ended in snowbound disaster. Everyone had an alibi -- and most a motive as well. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn, when he finally arrived, knew it all hung on Thomas, the dancing footman...

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 2/3/2014

    " Published in 1942, this book is from one of the "queens" of the golden age of mysteries. A number of highly unpleasant people are invited to a country house weekend. The host knows that everyone at the party has at least one secret and a rivalry with at least one of the other guests. Once everyone has arrived, there is a large snowstorm that isolates the house. Delicious. Of course, a murder is commited and someone in the house is guilty. Double Delicious. Everyone seems to have an alibi, but the the footman who couldn't resist dancing for a minute or two in the hall to a song playing on the wireless in the library might just hold the key to events. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 2/2/2014

    " Marsh seems always to be compared to Christie, but she's a much better writer. This is an excellent snowbound houseparty murder mystery, with much realer characters and more realistic plot than Christie would do. Slightly too long and repetitive, but very readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Grace | 12/31/2013

    " If you enjoy British murder mystery authors like Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sellers, you will like Ngaio Marsh. She is actually a Kiwi although she lived in New Zealand and England. This is the first Inspector-Detective Alleyn mystery I read and it's entertaining. Alleyn is principled and smart as he navigates wealth and intrigue in England. I suggest reading these books on a cold night with tea and biscuits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Vickie | 12/27/2013

    " Not one of her best.... "

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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.