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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (547 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ngaio Marsh Narrator: James Saxon Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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New Zealand theatrical manager Alfred Meyer wanted to celebrate his wife's birthday in style. The piece de resistance would be the jeroboam of champagne. But something went horribly wrong and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn witnessed it himself.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kjirsten | 2/20/2014

    " I was glad there was a listing of characters in the front of the book as I kept forgetting who was who. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teotakuu | 2/6/2014

    " Set in New Zealand in a fictional city in the central North Island. Some of the attitudes are jarring with 21st century eyes but I suspect were true of the time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Writerlibrarian | 2/3/2014

    " This was above average Marsh. Inspector Alleyn is on vacation, following a sick leave from Scotland Yard, it's hinted that he had a surgery of some sort. New Zealand is the place, Marsh knows it pretty well since it's her country where a Theater Company on tour finds itself with a huge problem. The Company's manager dies after getting bashed on the head with a vintage champagne bottle. Alleyn tries to play it safe and not interfere with the local investigation but once a detective always a detective. The plot is entertaining, I found myself questioning Alleyn's camaraderie with the Maori doctor (my slash glasses were on I guess). Overall a nice mystery that you can't solve even if you try very hard because there are a few things the reader is never told. But I find that I don't really read Marsh for the mystery but more for the interaction of the characters. Yes, the plot has to make some sense but I don't need it to be all that fancy to please me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starfish | 1/30/2014

    " I'm not sure whether this is excitement at the discovery of a mystery that has all the elements I enjoy in a Golden Age whodunnit, or gratitude to Marsh for writing about New Zealand in a way, that if self-conscious, is understandably so, and reminds me of an era I never knew, but is engrained in me as much as any part of New Zealand is -- which sounds affected and makes no sense, but there you are. There's just something about reading Ngaio Marsh talk about New Zealand that makes me nostalgic for home. The mystery is beautifully paced and filled out, the characters are charming and her one Maori character is quietly problematic -- really brings the attitudes of the time into uncomfortable focus, making the book fascinating for what it says about how NZers view themselves as much as the mystery itself. In fact, the mystery probably comes in second to Marsh's manoeuvring of her English detective with Colonial predjudice through the land she grew up in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 1/22/2014

    " Another fine mystery from Ngaio Marsh proves why she is one on the greatest mystery writers. "

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

    " Another great Inspector Alleyn mystery. I think I'll have to read some more. This one took place in New Zealand behind the scenes of a traveling comedy company whose producer was murdered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CLM | 1/4/2014

    " My favorite Marsh titles are the ones, like this, with a theatre setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huihan | 12/17/2013

    " I recommend this book not because of its merits as a work of mystery fiction (although it certainly meets the mark!), but because of the lovely colours of New Zillund and the Maori. (Also, I've never been too keen on M. Bathgate and he's conveniently left out in this book.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/3/2013

    " The plot and the story were good but far too much time was spent with who was where and when as well as with whom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pithee | 11/26/2013

    " read by James Saxon. I didn't like his voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J A W | 11/5/2013

    " No one was cleverer at finding creative ways to kill her victims than Dame Ngaio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana Stabenow | 10/31/2013

    " A book that will please fans of the puzzle mystery, with some of that witty Golden Era dialogue, but the best part is Marsh's descriptions of the New Zealand countryside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/19/2013

    " Well plotted, although the characterizations leading up to the murder drag on. Once the detective shows up, the book brightens. Good reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlene Vickers | 4/14/2012

    " She knows her settings, but she's far better at describing New Zealand than the mechanism of the murder weapon or the arrangement of the theatre. Even with diagrams I was lost. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 3/2/2012

    " Another interesting mystery, made good not by the mystery itself but by Marsh's laudable, if less consistent than I'd like, ability to sketch characters, attitudes and society's ills and graces. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Viswanathan Venkataraman | 2/19/2012

    " Ngaio Marsh, A New Zealander, I understand is One of the "Great Ladies" of the English mystery's golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers. First taste of her book, relaxed reading, old school deductive novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brainorgan | 2/16/2012

    " Vintage Murder (Roderick Alleyn Mysteries) by Ngaio Marsh (1999) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/22/2011

    " One of the better. 3.5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 8/7/2011

    " I enjoyed this very much. Love Ngaio Marsh's descriptive powers. You can tell how much she loved her native country of New Zealand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/26/2011

    " I just never could get really involved in this book. I like Marsh, but this one seemed detached and odd, and the racist undercurrents at a few places were ugly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meri | 7/4/2011

    " One of her many books set in Australia/New Zealand - get a bit of tourism in while solving a crime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trish | 5/28/2011

    " Quite enjoyable, although there were possibly a few too many characters to keep track of. Nice detail about the theatre, where the murder took place. Evocative details about New Zealand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 4/18/2011

    " This was great! I'm very happy to have found a new old mystery writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marymargrt | 3/25/2011

    " Ngaio Marsh is a wonderful writer and while it was not written as historical fiction it certainly is considered that now. Not one of my favorites but very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 2/16/2011

    " I always enjoy her mysteries of murder. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J | 1/14/2011

    " I've tried to read her multiple times but I just can't get into her novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 12/2/2010

    " It was ok. Nothing special. The murderer is pretty obvious from the beginning so there-s no real mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 astrangerhere | 10/11/2010

    " Read over the course of a Sunday afternoon/evening. I find myself enjoying Marsh's Alleyn more and more. He has the wit of Poirot without the oddities. Nice way to spend a fall afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 9/7/2010

    " The language and attitudes of this book are very period and I found that off-putting for a while. The stage detail was well done and the actor characterizations sharp. I guessed the killer at the beginning but this is one of the Dames - good to get educated in the classics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tag | 8/1/2010

    " This book by Ngaio Marsh, a classic mystery writer, is about a murder during a play at the Unicorn Theater in London. This book is very suspenseful, and has some action scenes. I believe this book needs more action, but it is still a book i like, and i would recommend to mystery fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 7/9/2010

    " similar in style to Agatha Christie....my favorite type of British mystery! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mmyoung | 4/30/2010

    " An improvement on the first Marsh -- she clearly flexes herself more freely in the world of theatre than that of upper class house parties. She exchanges drug fiends for Russian subversives -- which makes the plot slightly less silly. Unfortunately we still have to put up with Nigel Bathgate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 1/19/2010

    " Excellent, although not my favorite of the ones set in a theater. "

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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

James Saxon’s (1955–2003) long acting career included roles in such television series as Doctor Who, Tales from the Crypt, and Vanity Fair.