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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,946 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ngaio Marsh Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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Ngaio Marsh's most popular novel begins when young New Zealander Roberta Grey comes into contact with the Lamprey family, a peculiar bunch with plenty of charm but no money.

The Lampreys revel in their eccentricity and entertain their guests with complicated charades. But when one game goes wrong and rich Uncle Gabriel is found murdered in a most grizzly manner, the only person capable of solving the crime is Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billy | 2/14/2014

    " Well written, but emotionally detached and bloodless despite the horrific nature of the murder and the odd cast of characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/16/2014

    " mystery - great depiction of New Zealand in first part, the rest in London. Totally endearing odd family - characters almost Dickensian. Probably my favorite of the Marsh books. "

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

    " Another solid example from the golden age of British mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylol | 12/28/2013

    " It's kind of funny and not a bad crime case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doina | 12/24/2013

    " This mystery has probably one of my favourite cast of characters. I spent most of the book laughing out loud. I don't know what it is about her novels, but she takes a standard plot, and always manages to make it seem fresh and entertaining. You've got to love long descriptions and a longer setup to like her novels, so if you lose patience easily with that don't pick up this book. "

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

    " I say this too often, but part of Marsh's appeal is her insight into the social settings of England as well as the mystery and it's the same here. The Lampreys are also so ridiculous, they're charming, and hard to resist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettie | 12/9/2013

    " The gentlemen detective investigates the gruesome death of the head of a spendthrift aristocratic family. Stars Jeremy Clyde. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 12/6/2013

    " One of the best of her books. "

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

    " The best Marsh novel so far. The earlier ones were on the dry side, but here she really begins to do a better job with characterization and capturing the feel of WWII Britain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sbaird | 10/28/2013

    " One of the Grand Dames of Brit-Lit mystery. Between the eccentric family and the odious murder it gels to be a real fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teotakuu | 9/9/2013

    " A strong NZ flavour to this book. I got misled by red herrings several times before the murderer was revealed finally "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly | 6/21/2013

    " Very funny, but also some creepy moments. Worth reading just because the Lampreys (a family) are so hysterically charming! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessiebear | 2/25/2013

    " Great read. My version is called "Surfeit of Lampreys" Good to reread occasionally. The BBC have got a good dramatisation of it out. You can buy it in itunes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madison Turner | 11/25/2012

    " A really satisfying puzzler. First you fall in love with the Lampreys (or at least in like; I found them a bit tiresome to be honest), then you're forced to consider whether they're murderers. A solid performance from Handsome Alleyn and the stolid Fox, the prototype for Sgt. Lewis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen E | 2/21/2012

    " This could well be one of my absolute favorite Ngaio Marsh books. I love the Lampreys and I love Roberta Grey, and I love Inspector Alleyn. (Nov. 2007) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thalia | 1/15/2012

    " Another one well-done, with additional action on the Alleyn and Troy front. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 7/2/2011

    " i love the english way of looking at things "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 5/2/2011

    " Definitely Marsh's best work. Charming characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolien | 4/20/2011

    " Re-reading a favorite...Loved it again. "

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

    " Great read. My version is called "Surfeit of Lampreys" Good to reread occasionally. The BBC have got a good dramatisation of it out. You can buy it in itunes. "

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

    " A strong NZ flavour to this book. I got misled by red herrings several times before the murderer was revealed finally "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaylol | 12/9/2010

    " It's kind of funny and not a bad crime case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 11/5/2010

    " Another solid example from the golden age of British mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madison | 8/27/2010

    " A really satisfying puzzler. First you fall in love with the Lampreys (or at least in like; I found them a bit tiresome to be honest), then you're forced to consider whether they're murderers. A solid performance from Handsome Alleyn and the stolid Fox, the prototype for Sgt. Lewis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brainorgan | 4/2/2010

    " Death of a Peer (Roderick Alleyn Mysteries) by Ngaio Marsh (1998) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 3/26/2010

    " Definitely Marsh's best work. Charming characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sbaird | 12/3/2008

    " One of the Grand Dames of Brit-Lit mystery. Between the eccentric family and the odious murder it gels to be a real fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 11/12/2008

    " This could well be one of my absolute favorite Ngaio Marsh books. I love the Lampreys and I love Roberta Grey, and I love Inspector Alleyn. (Nov. 2007) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 6/16/2008

    " mystery - great depiction of New Zealand in first part, the rest in London. Totally endearing odd family - characters almost Dickensian. Probably my favorite of the Marsh books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rochelle | 7/10/2007

    " i love the english way of looking at things "

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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

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens. Lesser’s narration has won him seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.