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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (714 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:
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It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. But its execution was doomed when Miss Campanula sat down to play. A chord was struck, a shot rang out, and Miss Campanula was dead.

Who in the quiet village of Chipping would kill wealthy spinster Idris Campanula? Plenty of people, among them her fellow cast members from the troubled charity production. Miss Campanula was a spiteful gossip, gleefully destroying others’ lives merely for her own excitement. But once Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives, he quickly realizes that the murderer might have killed the wrong woman—and may soon stage a repeat performance.

This case of sinister infatuation will test the sharp intellect and skill of the brilliant Alleyn.

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  • “Admirably mysterious.”

    Daily Mail (London)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teotakuu | 2/15/2014

    " This kept me guessing until the last as I kept changing my mind about the guilty party "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maya | 2/13/2014

    " In my view Ngaio Marsh surpasses Agatha Christie as a writer of crime fiction, Overture being one of her best. Listening to this (or any of her books) narrated by Wanda McCaddon, aka Nadia May, merely increases the pleasure of reacquainting myself with this old friend. One of her many novels with a theatre theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doina | 2/11/2014

    " One of my favourite things about Marsh's book is that she spends quite a bit of time on the set up for the mystery-if you like action from the very beginning this book is not for you. I love the fact that we see so much scene development and character development in a mystery. For me, the scene and the atmosphere are as important as the mystery itself. DO NOT read the chapter titles, unless you like spoilers. If I had to pick my two favourite detectives ever, I would pick Poirot and Alleyn. Alleyn is as enjoyable for me to read as Poirot. Another classic 1930's mystery, and really, what's not to love about a booby-trapped piano as the murder weapon? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teotakuu | 2/10/2014

    " This kept me guessing until the last as I kept changing my mind about the guilty party "

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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.