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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (554 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ngaio Marsh Narrator: Wanda McCaddo Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries Release Date:
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A ritual dance becomes a murderous mambo…

The village of South Mardian always observes the winter solstice with an ancient, mystical sword dance, complete with costumed performers. But for one of them, the excitement proves too heady, and his decapitation turns the fertility rite into a pageant of death. Now Inspector Roderick Alleyn must penetrate not only the mysteries of folklore but the secrets and sins of an eccentric group that includes a surly blacksmith, a domineering dowager, and a not-so-simple village idiot.

From her first book in 1934 to her final volume just before her death in 1982, Ngaio Marsh’s work has remained legendary and is often compared to that of Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, and Dorothy L. Sayers. So sit back, draw the curtains, lock the doors, and put yourself in the hands of the Grande Dame of detective novels.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.”

    Sun (London)

  • “[Narrator McCaddon] enlivens an eccentric cast of characters led by the town matriarch, a crotchety old blacksmith, and the village idiot…[McCaddon’s] narration soars.”


  • “The supporting characters…radiate warmth and charm.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Carter | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting look at (Marsh's adapted) ancient English folk dancing. And, of course, great detecting by Alleyn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen | 12/24/2013

    " All of the Roderick Alleyn series by Marsh are terrific. The characters and relationships are so vivid and the story keeps you guessing to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane | 12/16/2013

    " A wonderful insight into Teutonic ritual dancing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suzanne | 12/11/2013

    " A robust description of the odd charcters living in an remote English village, and a well-plotted mystery solved by the very likeable Inspector Alleyn. "

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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.