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    • A Man Lay Dead

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136

    Wealthy Sir Hubert Handesley's original and lively weekend house parties are deservedly famous. To amuse his guests, he has devised a new form of the fashionable Murder Game, in which a guest is secretly selected to commit a 'murder' in the dark, and everyone assembles to solve the crime. But when the lights go up this time, there is a real corpse....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent as always

    • By Michelle C on 05-04-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Singing in the Shrouds

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    On a cold February night, the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away singing. When the cargo ship Cape Farewell sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer. Which is why Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins the ship at Portsmouth on the most difficult assignment of his professional career....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Spoilt by the narration

    • By Bozz on 14-01-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Death and the Dancing Footman

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58

    A winter weekend ends in snowbound disaster in a novel which remains a favourite among Marsh readers. It began as an entertainment: eight people, many of them enemies, gathered for a winter weekend by a host with a love for theatre. They would be the characters in a drama that he would devise. It ended in snowbound disaster. Everyone had an alibi - and most had motives as well. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn, when he finally arrived, knew it all hung on Thomas, the dancing footman....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not much Alleyn in it.

    • By Amazon Customer on 26-06-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Nursing Home Murder

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103

    Sir John Phillips, the Harley Street surgeon, and his beautiful nurse, Jane Harden, are almost too nervous to operate. The emergency case on the table before them is the Home Secretary - and they both have very good, personal reasons to wish him dead. Within hours he does die, although the operation itself was a complete success, and Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn must find out why....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Typical yarn

    • By Teresa on 25-07-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Overture to Death

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. But its execution was doomed when Miss Campanula sat down to play. A chord was struck, a shot rang out and Miss Campanula was dead. A case of sinister infatuation for the brilliant Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Charming period piece

    • By MS P WILSON on 01-07-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Artists in Crime

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    One of Ngaio Marsh’s most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model’s pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been reenacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed forever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It’s a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Gets Alleyn's name wrong

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-08-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Death at the Dolphin

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    The restoration of a bombed-out London theatre ends in violent death - and one of Marsh’s most vivid and dramatic novels. When the bombed-out Dolphin Theatre is given to Peregrine Jay by a mysterious wealthy patron, he is overjoyed. And when the mysterious oil millionaire also gives him a glove that belonged to Shakespeare, Peregrine displays it in the dockside theatre and writes a successful play about it.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lacking a twist

    • By L. Serck on 24-02-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Death in a White Tie

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
    • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great voice acting

    • By R. D'Averc on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £9.79

    • Swing, Brother, Swing

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Lord Pastern fired his revolver. The figure in the spotlight fell, and the coup-de-theatre had become murder. Could Inspector Alleyn believe Pastern had let hatred of his future son-in-law go too far? Or would the tangle of jealousies and blackmail among the guests reveal another murderer?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Swing Brother Swing

    • By Barbara Hembling on 17-04-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Final Curtain

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    A country house murder, artistic insight and the postwar reunion of Alleyn and Troy combine in Ngaio Marsh’s wittiest and most readable novel. Agatha Troy, world-famous portrait painter, is inveigled into accepting a commission to paint the 70-year-old Sir Henry Ancred, Bart., the Grand Old Man of the stage. But just as she has completed her portrait, the old actor dies.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Reader thinks it a pantomime.

    • By EGR on 02-02-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • BBC Radio Crimes: The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: A Man Lay Dead & A Surfeit of Lampreys

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 37

    A game of ‘murders’ at Sir Hubert Handesley’s country house party becomes far too realistic for anyone’s liking. First a guest arrives with a dangerously lethal dagger and then, when the gong sounds to announce the start of the game, the victim plays dead in a very convincing manner. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn believes the unusual dagger is a vital clue to the real-life murder, and soon he’s on the trail of a Russian secret society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Always enjoy a radio play

    • By Richard T. on 27-03-15

    Regular price: £10.00

    • Death in a White Tie

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh’s 1930s novels. The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend, Lord Robert Gospell, at the scene. But someone else got there first....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible recording

    • By Arthur on 15-12-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Death in Ecstasy

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    The poison was cyanide, slipped into the sacred wine of ecstasy just before it was presented to Miss Cara Quayne at the House of the Sacred Flame. The victim was a deeply religious initiate who had trained for a month for her last ceremony. She was also a very beautiful woman.... The suspects were the other initiates and the high priest. All claimed they were above earthly passions. But Cara Quayne had provoked lust, jealousy - and murder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Seagull on 16-02-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Black as He's Painted

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    When the exuberant president of Ng'ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old schoolmate, Chief Superintendent Alleyn, is called in to persuade him otherwise. Consequently, on the night of the embassy's reception, the house and grounds are stiff with police.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Colour Scheme

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Maurice Questing was left to die in a pool of boiling mud. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that any number of people could have killed him: the English exiles he'd hated, the New Zealanders he'd despised or the Maoris he'd insulted. Even the spies he'd thwarted - if he wasn't a spy himself.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Sure How To Rate This!

    • By Carôle on 22-06-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Money in the Morgue

    • By: Ngaio Marsh, Stella Duffy
    • Narrated by: Stella Duffy
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    Roderick Alleyn is back in this unique crime novel begun by Ngaio Marsh during the Second World War and now completed by Stella Duffy. It's business as usual for Mr Glossop as he does his regular round delivering wages to government buildings scattered across New Zealand's lonely Canterbury plains. But when his car breaks down, he is stranded for the night at the isolated Mount Seager Hospital, with the telephone lines down, a storm on its way and the nearby river about to burst its banks....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Ridiculous plot and strange narration

    • By Susan Ganney on 23-03-18

    Regular price: £12.99

    • Enter a Murderer

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    The crime was committed on stage at the Unicorn Theatre, when an unloaded gun fired a very real bullet; the victim was Arthur Surbonadier, an actor clawing his way to stardom using blackmail instead of talent; the suspects included two unwilling girlfriends and several relieved blackmail victims. The stage was set for one of Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn's most baffling cases.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Optional

    • By Juanita Fogarty on 28-01-17

    Regular price: £10.49

    • Grave Mistake

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Jane Asher
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    A spa stay turns into a homicidal holiday.... A bit snobbish and a trifle high strung, Sybil Foster prides herself on owning the finest estate in Upper Quintern and hiring the best gardener. In fact she is rapturous over the new asparagus beds when a visit from her unwelcome stepson sends her scurrying to a chic spa for a rest cure, a liaison with the spa's director...and an apparent suicide. Her autopsy holds one surprise, a secret drawer a second.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By T Dinn on 26-01-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Last Ditch

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    Rickie Alleyn, son of the famed detective Roderick Alleyn, had taken to the peaceful Channel Island village of Deep Cove to write his book. However, soon enough the tedium of provincial life threatens to send him packing - until, that is, he finds a dead stablehand, and the sleepy community's world is upturned. His father is called to take proceedings into hand, but as a darker side to island life emerges, one of illegal drugs and smuggling, Rickie goes missing.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Off with His Head

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    Pagan revelry and morris dancing in the middle of a very cold winter set the scene for one of Ngaio Marsh’s most fascinating murder mysteries. When the pesky Anna Bünz arrives at Mardian to investigate the rare survival of folk dancing still practised there, she quickly antagonizes the villagers. But Mrs Bünz is not the only source of friction - two of the other enthusiasts are also spoiling for a fight.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A slow burner

    • By Juanita Fogarty on 08-04-18

    Regular price: £19.99

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