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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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