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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,524 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: August 2008 ISBN:
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A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh's 1930s novels.

The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first... 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 Isabella | 2/17/2014

    " The audiobook read by Benedict Cumberbach is absolutely fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Slarson6 | 2/15/2014

    " Ngaio is often compared to Agatha Christie, but I find her more detailed and in some ways a better writer. This book reflects the English upper class life of the '30s woven in a very good mystery. Lots of fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/10/2014

    " Very good old style who dunnit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet Evans | 2/1/2014

    " I love a bit of 30s high society crime a la Dorothy L Sayers and I hadn't read Ngaio Marsh for ages. Found a battered old green penguin in a 2nd hand bookshop and devoured it over a weekend. Brilliant, very much of its time, a beautiful, sinister and gripping slice of society life. Love that Insp Alleyn... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/21/2014

    " I quite enjoyed this book, but I found the mystery itself a bit more muddled than normal for Ngaio Marsh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thalia | 1/20/2014

    " Stayed up way too late to finish this one, in part due to the mystery, and in part due to the Alleyn and Troy storyline. Well done as usual. I may be hitting a temporary Marsh burnout though - I feel compelled to race through her mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/9/2014

    " I've enjoyed the movies BBC made of some of these mysteries, but now that I'm going back and reading the books, WOW are they SO much better! Death in a White Tie had all the good bits of the movie, but a lot more complexity to the plot, and some sweet Troy bits to boot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flavia | 12/11/2013

    " A catchy little detective story in which you get tangled in with all the characters. In the end, you learn that all the little dirty secrets will come out at some point... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alberto | 12/7/2013

    " Entertaining and finely written, but whodunits aren't my cup of tea anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brainorgan | 11/15/2013

    " Death In A White Tie (Roderick Alleyn Mysteries) by Ngaio Marsh (1997) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 10/18/2013

    " What a joy to rediscover Ngaio Marsh and her detective, Roderick Alleyn. Sharp wit, decent plotting, and good character studies make these old books true classics of the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/29/2013

    " I mean....Benedict Cumberbatch. That's all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 7/8/2013

    " I have never heard of this gal before but I love the way she writes. Equal or superior to Agatha Christie in writing style, although the mystery in this particular book was a bit transparent. Good, quality fluff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 6/22/2013

    " A marvelous foray by Marsh into the haute monde of 1930's London. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Ann | 6/2/2013

    " This is a good one. The story is engrossing and the love angle is veddy briddish. Some things tied together a little too easily but the central mystery held together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie Metzbower | 2/15/2013

    " The cover shamelessly boasts "She Writes Better Than Christie"...just save it, mmk? Her characters aren't nearly as interesting and her detective's methods are pretty dry. A pleasant mystery, but nothing special, I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/8/2013

    " Not the best mystery I've ever read -- was disappointed by the victim chosen, as she allowed the reader to get a little too attached to him -- but I liked Detective Alleyn, his mother, and the time period in which it was set. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michale | 11/9/2012

    " Working my way through Ngaio Marsh's Roderick Alleyn mysteries. They're ok, but not as good as Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books. Still, it's nice to read classic mysteries written inter-alia, when sex was not essential and manners were king. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 11/5/2012

    " Not sure I'd agree with the Dashiel Hamnett quote on the cover "The best detective fiction novel I have ever read", but I did enjoy this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 7/20/2012

    " Sometimes you read what you've got because you've got it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 aPriL MEOWS often with scratching | 9/11/2011

    " The various characters are exceptionally well-drawn, not cookie cutter people at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 8/6/2011

    " A great audiobook - abridged, of course. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch, who does a fantastic (and sometimes hilarious) job with all the voices. I can't say it was the most amazing mystery ever, but a fun romp in the Gentleman Detective genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babete | 3/14/2011

    " ( Morte de Gravata Branca ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/10/2011

    " What a joy to rediscover Ngaio Marsh and her detective, Roderick Alleyn. Sharp wit, decent plotting, and good character studies make these old books true classics of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/4/2011

    " A great audiobook - abridged, of course. Read by Benedict Cumberbatch, who does a fantastic (and sometimes hilarious) job with all the voices. I can't say it was the most amazing mystery ever, but a fun romp in the Gentleman Detective genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 9/14/2010

    " Beautifully mastered mystery.
    spoiler.....


    this is the one where Troy accepts Rory. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 7/12/2010

    " Sometimes you read what you've got because you've got it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 7/7/2010

    " I've enjoyed the movies BBC made of some of these mysteries, but now that I'm going back and reading the books, WOW are they SO much better! Death in a White Tie had all the good bits of the movie, but a lot more complexity to the plot, and some sweet Troy bits to boot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 5/24/2010

    " A marvelous foray by Marsh into the haute monde of 1930's London. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brainorgan | 4/2/2010

    " Death In A White Tie (Roderick Alleyn Mysteries) by Ngaio Marsh (1997) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starfish | 2/10/2010

    " Lovely characterisation, good plot, enough of a mystery to be interesting but not too much that you felt burdened with it. Unlike the last Ngaio Marsh I read, I didn't feel weighed down with needless details. Some lovely moments, and the added bonus of including Troy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 11/10/2009

    " I quite enjoyed this book, but I found the mystery itself a bit more muddled than normal for Ngaio Marsh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Slarson6 | 7/28/2009

    " Ngaio is often compared to Agatha Christie, but I find her more detailed and in some ways a better writer. This book reflects the English upper class life of the '30s woven in a very good mystery. Lots of fun to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Ann | 6/24/2009

    " This is a good one. The story is engrossing and the love angle is veddy briddish. Some things tied together a little too easily but the central mystery held together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jz | 2/24/2009

    " 7th in series. 1938.

    Typical Golden Age of Mystery story with Ms. Marsh's touch. Lovely character development of Roderick Alleyn. A verfy good addition to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 8/22/2008

    " Not the best mystery I've ever read -- was disappointed by the victim chosen, as she allowed the reader to get a little too attached to him -- but I liked Detective Alleyn, his mother, and the time period in which it was set. "

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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.