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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Jenn | 1/6/2014

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

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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.