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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (911 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: September 2005 ISBN: 9781455170982
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Murder gets into the act in Ngaio Marsh’s wittiest and most readable novel—and a Shakespearean actor takes his final bow.

Beautiful Troy Alleyn, artist wife of Inspector Alleyn, had been warned about the famed old Shakespearean actor Sir Henry and his eccentric household. But she was not prepared for the acts of malice and mischief that would ensue at his birthday party.

Now Sir Henry is dead, after a large and lethal birthday dinner of champagne and crayfish—and after changing his will in favor of his glamorous young fiancée. And Troy is suddenly star witness in one of her husband’s most sensational cases. Together, the Alleyns must determine which of the flamboyant characters at Sir Henry’s house brought down the final curtain and turned a drawing room farce into tragedy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Wanda McCaddon’s] British accent and soprano voice perfectly capture Marsh’s narrative. Her portrayal of the bizarre cast of characters is superb.” 

    AudioFile

  • “[Wanda McCaddon] gives a wonderful reading.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Purty ngai perfect.”

    Saturday Review of Literature

  • “She uses the old formula brilliantly.”

    Julian Symons, British crime writer

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 12/9/2013

    " Some casual remarks reflect the prejudices of 1947. Less sex and violence than most current mysteries. Wax work characters of their time and place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Racquel | 11/27/2013

    " Funny old British whodunit and the perfect book to listen to in the car. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/27/2013

    " My fave of hers so far. I love Cedric and the gothicness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 aPriL MEOWS often with scratching | 10/17/2013

    " This is a real traditional English mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thalia | 5/12/2013

    " Enjoyed the Troy and Alleyn pieces. Another small, interlocking puzzle from Marsh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Sue | 2/1/2013

    " Blegh!!! Another quircky cast of Brits so worn out in style....I couldn't even finish the first chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 1/29/2013

    " Rory and Troy figure out how do live after three years apart and how to integrate the life of a detective with their life together. And of course there's a murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 9/25/2012

    " This one featured a lot more of Alleyn's wife Troy. Liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 9/10/2012

    " I usually adore her theater based novels, but this one was only so so. Did like the murder device.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jz | 9/5/2012

    " Another great Golden Age mystery. Right up there on my reread list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 6/1/2012

    " After a lethal birthday dinner of champagne and crayfish, famed Shakespearian actor Sir Henry is dead, and the cast of suspects is a mile long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sobendorf | 5/20/2012

    " Ngaio Marsh is one of my favorite mystery authors. His style falls somewhere between Agatha Christi and Dorothy Sayers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cydney | 4/7/2012

    " Really enjoyed this. The author was a contemporary of Agatha Christie. Starts out with the main character being Troy Alleyn, a famous artist, who turns out to be the wife of Inspector Alleyn - I've watched the Inspector Alleyn mysteries via Netflix. A really good murder mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Anderson | 3/23/2012

    " Ngaio Marsh is my new favorite author!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 4/3/2011

    " Mrs. Alleyn stumbles into another murder mystery. It's how she met her husband in the first place. Being in the vicinity of Alleyn is apparently risky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kel | 3/11/2011

    " Very stereotypical British upper-class twits. The killer was very obvious, which is seldom the case in a Marsh book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teotakuu | 3/2/2011

    " I enjoyed this story and didn't guess the murderer which is always the point of a murder mystery.

    I was a little puzzled to references to tinned crayfish and whitebait in the early post war period. Research required! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cydney | 9/18/2010

    " Really enjoyed this. The author was a contemporary of Agatha Christie. Starts out with the main character being Troy Alleyn, a famous artist, who turns out to be the wife of Inspector Alleyn - I've watched the Inspector Alleyn mysteries via Netflix. A really good murder mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Sue | 4/21/2010

    " Blegh!!! Another quircky cast of Brits so worn out in style....I couldn't even finish the first chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Racquel | 3/19/2009

    " Funny old British whodunit and the perfect book to listen to in the car. "

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

    " Another great Golden Age mystery. Right up there on my reread list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/3/2009

    " My fave of hers so far. I love Cedric and the gothicness. "

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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

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.