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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (581 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ngaio Marsh Narrator: James Saxo Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The victim was a deeply religious initiate who had trained for a month for her last ceremony. She was also a very beautiful woman. But Cara Quayne had provoked lust, jealousy - and murder. Roderick Alleyn suspected that more evil still lurked behind the Sign of the Sacred Flame....

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ali | 1/19/2014

    " I can't help but love old Chief inspector Allen - and Inspector Fox. The dialogue between the two of them is often hilarious, and very sharp, as is some of Allen's sparring with his suspects. Ngaio Marsh was a really good crime writer, and this one has a rather unusual setting in the House of the sacred flame - what we today would probably call a religious cult. Her plots are full of detail allowing the reader to try and work it all out for themselves - but I generally find that pretty hard to do - because she is fiendishly clever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Surreysmum | 1/17/2014

    " [These notes were made in 1982:]. Odd that, having been so partial to Christie and Sayers at various times, I've never delved into Marsh. I find her closer to Christie than Sayers, but with a fondness (at least in this one) for spectacular effects, and, I think a slightly better knack for characterization, although her characters are all still very clearly types. In one passage she actually pays a sly little backhanded compliment to her peers, having her Inspector survey the characters and muse aloud which would be the murderer in a Christie or Sayers novel (she gets it right, too, I think). Said Inspector shows some signs of being fallen in love with (as Peter W was) by his author, although it is only the very occasional passage which gives any indication, and very nearly all of the book is given over to the laudable purpose of Solving the Puzzle (which is neatly worked out in a standard sort of way). [These additional notes were made in 1985:]. Rereading this fairly early effort, I was amused to see how much I really had picked up about Dame Ngaio Marsh's fondness for Rory Alleyn. This mystery is slightly more bizarre than usual, involving an off-beat religious ritual, and an American who turns out to be an Australian. A very wealthy devotee, fairly young and quite handsome, turns out to have been exploited but not murdered by the slimy Father Garnett; the murderer was the financial American/Australian. Sexual jealousy and drug abuse complicate matters, and confuse Nigel Bathgate, who turns up regularly as Watson in these early efforts. Altho' somewhat mechanical compared to later novels, I found this very entertaining. More and more I begin notice Marsh's taste for the really macabre death. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kel | 1/3/2014

    " Strange pagan cult murder. Not her best plot or writing. It was all too obvious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Moira | 12/22/2013

    " One of my favorite Mystery series!! "

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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.

About the Narrator

James Saxon’s (1955–2003) long acting career included roles in such television series as Doctor Who, Tales from the Crypt, and Vanity Fair.