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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (970 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: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455172092
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A brutal murder with a golf club and an ingenious plot bursting with snobbery, suspicion, adultery, and secrets…

The quiet village of Swevenings seemed an English pastoral paradise, until the savagely beaten body of a lord was found near a tranquil stream. Suddenly, the playground of British blue bloods has been soiled by murder and the lowest sort of intrigue. But if anyone can clean it up, it’s the famous Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard. Roderick Alleyn’s investigation takes him through petty vendettas, an ex-commander’s blend of whiskey and archery, and cocktails on the lawn with a femme fatale. But the motive he’s angling for lies even deeper than the trout stream beneath the rustic bridge.

The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the Old Un, a monster trout known to dwell in the stream—a fish that may very well be the key to the whole mystery.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “A handsome bit of craftsmanship—a classical detective story, with lots of suspects.”

    London Times

  • “Excellently characterized, Miss Marsh’s best yet.”

    Observer (London)

  • “The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an empress.”

    Sun (London)

  • “The detection is first class. The whole affair is written with style and distinction.”

    BBC

  • “Nadia May lovingly brings to life a myriad of characters—Lady Lacklander’s aristocratic conceit; her son’s sniveling weakness; Nurse Kettle’s common, busybody caring; and Inspector Alleyn’s no-nonsense, logical, yet compassionate, crispness. May reads clearly, fully develops Marsh’s characters and effectively builds suspense. Her lovely British voice offers a delightful rendering of Marsh’s finely crafted classic.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of a Crime Writers‘ Association Red Herring Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 emilyjane | 1/18/2014

    " I really liked this book. Another English-speaking mystery author to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/12/2014

    " I just love this series. The books are not as fluffy as Christie (who I also love), but not as agonizing as the Thomas Lynley books by Elizabeth George. Really, a perfect balance. This one didn't include his wonderful wife, Troy, but the relationship between Alleyn and Fox is wonderful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyrie | 1/12/2014

    " It had all the potential and none of the fun of a cosy mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/6/2014

    " Good mystery -- interesting characters, good plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/3/2014

    " A serviceable English gentry mystery featuring Roderick Allyn. There is a proper limited pool of suspects and a suitable batch of clues, but no real chemistry with the characters. It fits the expected formula but is nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja Livingston | 10/26/2013

    " I'm SO addicted to Ms. Marsh right now. Love the quaint village, the silly characters, the way the English give their cats first AND last names. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 8/26/2013

    " Lots of red herrings in this story. It is one of Ngaio's old-fashioned stories; the kind I like best. Who killed the Colonel? His wife? His wife's lover? The old lady, to protect the family name? Read and wonder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P.d.r. Lindsay | 7/21/2013

    " Brilliant title, and a really nasty story. Not easy to guess who did what and a lovely collection of characters. One of my favourite Marsh novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 1/31/2013

    " Another well-written entry in the series, although the murder plot itself is a little overly elaborate. Still fun to read, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/14/2013

    " Not a bad story in itself - just didn't like who the murderer turned out to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ann | 11/22/2012

    " I thought I had it figured out but I didn't. The villain is the sort that usually can't be the villain because s/he is too obvious. That was a neat trick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 11/8/2012

    " Similar to Miss Marple in the characters and landscape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbra | 8/31/2012

    " What a great British mystery done with superb attention to detail. Ngaio Marsh gives her mysteries those little twists and turns and even though you might guess who DONE it, she always surprises you with the HOW. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 8/3/2011

    " Really enjoyed this; the more inspector Alleyn books i read, the more i like the character ! He's s not quite as lovable as Point, but still a lovely character "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Durdles | 4/28/2011

    " Undemanding fare but these books are so enjoyable. My second hand copy had a map of the village at the front and that is always a plus point for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 4/14/2011

    " Hurray Ngaio Marsh! This was a fun English Cozy. I think I'm adding Ngaio Marsh to my go-to list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/6/2011

    " Not a bad story in itself - just didn't like who the murderer turned out to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 8/25/2010

    " I just love this series. The books are not as fluffy as Christie (who I also love), but not as agonizing as the Thomas Lynley books by Elizabeth George. Really, a perfect balance. This one didn't include his wonderful wife, Troy, but the relationship between Alleyn and Fox is wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/22/2010

    " A serviceable English gentry mystery featuring Roderick Allyn. There is a proper limited pool of suspects and a suitable batch of clues, but no real chemistry with the characters. It fits the expected formula but is nothing special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Durdles | 3/3/2010

    " Undemanding fare but these books are so enjoyable. My second hand copy had a map of the village at the front and that is always a plus point for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 2/21/2010

    " I'm SO addicted to Ms. Marsh right now. Love the quaint village, the silly characters, the way the English give their cats first AND last names. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ann | 6/24/2009

    " I thought I had it figured out but I didn't. The villain is the sort that usually can't be the villain because s/he is too obvious. That was a neat trick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/12/2009

    " Hurray Ngaio Marsh! This was a fun English Cozy. I think I'm adding Ngaio Marsh to my go-to list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbra | 3/11/2009

    " What a great British mystery done with superb attention to detail. Ngaio Marsh gives her mysteries those little twists and turns and even though you might guess who DONE it, she always surprises you with the HOW. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 emilyjane | 2/7/2008

    " I really liked this book. Another English-speaking mystery author to read! "

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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.