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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 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    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

    • 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 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    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

    • Overture to Death

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The pronunciation of Alleyn grates

    • By Sharon Spiteri on 05-06-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Death at the Bar

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    A classic Ngaio Marsh novel in which a game of darts in an English pub has gruesome consequences. At the Plume of Feathers in south Devon one midsummer evening, eight people are gathered together in the taproom. They are in the habit of playing darts, but on this occasion an experiment takes the place of the usual game - a fatal experiment which calls for investigation.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Singing in the Shrouds

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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

    • Died in the Wool

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 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 22

    Ngaio Marsh returns to her New Zealand roots to transplant the classic country house murder mystery to an upland sheep station on South Island - and produces one of her most exotic and intriguing novels. One summer evening in 1942, Flossie Rubrick, MP, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband’s wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech - and disappears.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ruined by the narration

    • By LH, England on 01-04-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Enter a Murderer

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    The crime scene was the stage of the Unicorn Theatre, when a prop gun fired a very real bullet; the victim was an actor clawing his way to stardom using bribery instead of talent; and the suspects included two unwilling girlfriends and several relieved blackmail victims. The stage is set for one of Roderick Alleyn's most baffling cases.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great mystery

    • By Amazon Customer on 17-02-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Spinsters in Jeopardy

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    A classic Ngaio Marsh mystery thriller combining drugs and sacrifice. High in the mountains stands the magnificent Saracen fortress, home of the mysterious Mr. Oberon, leader of a coven of witches. It is not the historic castle, however, that intrigues Roderick Alleyn, on holiday with his family, but the suspicion that a huge drugs ring operates from within its ancient portals. But before the holiday is over, someone else has stumbled upon the secret.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • poor

    • By Brenda on 22-03-16

    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 32
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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

    • Swing, Brother, Swing

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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
    • A Classic Ngaio Marsh

    • By Mary Blackhurst Hill on 13-06-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Murder for Christmas

    • Tales of Seasonal Malice
    • By: Margery Allingham, Marjorie Bowen, Agatha Christie, and others
    • Narrated by: David Birney, Robert Culp, Paul Eddington, and others
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Ah, the pleasures of Christmas...the hanging of greens, the traditional feast, the gathering families, a few secrets in the air...and a bit of murder, conspiracy, and theft. The holiday season seems to inspire the imagination of the best mystery writers, and their talents shine here in these delightful tales of Yuletide crime. So seize a few quiet hours in this busiest of seasons to enjoy their sleigh full of mysterious treasures, here with the finest of flair.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Old Fashioned Yarns.

    • By Mrs. M. R. Quinn on 07-12-17

    Regular price: £13.19

    • Hand in Glove

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Sinden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    The April Fool’s Day had been a roaring success for all, it seemed - except for poor Mr. Cartell, who had ended up in the ditch - forever. Then there was the case of Mr. Percival Pyke Period’s letter of condolence, sent before the body was found - not to mention the family squabbles. It was a puzzling crime for Superintendent Alleyn.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Super narrator

    • By Joanne F. on 16-04-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • False Scent

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    In a poisonous cloud of spray, the curtain falls on a drama queen. Little did beloved British actress Mary Bellamy know that she would be done in at her own birthday party - choked by toxic mist from the bottle of Slaypest, a deadly insecticide. Basking in the glow of her most adoring fans - who all happened to be her most duplicitous enemies - Mary would make her final performance.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • How to ruin a great story

    • By slb on 18-12-16

    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 96
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    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

    • 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 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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

    • Clutch of Constables

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    A classic Ngaio Marsh novel which features blood-curdling murders in the confines of a riverboat, the Zodiac, cruising through Constable country. 'He looks upon the murders that he did in fact perform as tiresome and regrettable necessities', reflected Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn on the international crook known as 'the Jampot'.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Surfeit of Lampreys

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novel begins when a young New Zealander’s first contact with the English gentry is the body of Lord Wutherford - with a meat skewer through the eye.... The Lampreys had plenty of charm - but no cash. They all knew they were peculiar - and rather gloried in it. The double and triple charades, for instance, with which they would entertain their guests - like rich but awful Uncle Gabriel, who was always such a bore.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Marsh joy

    • By Jean the Bean on 11-12-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • 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 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    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

    • Vintage Murder

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    A touring theatre company in New Zealand forms the basis of one of Marsh’s most ambitious and innovative novels. New Zealand theatrical manager Alfred Meyer wanted to celebrate his wife’s birthday in style. The piece de résistance would be the jeroboam of champagne which would descend gently into a nest of fern and coloured lights on the table, set up on stage after the performance. But something went horribly wrong. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn witnessed it himself.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I couldn't finish this book

    • By Enrique Bonifacino on 27-08-17

    Regular price: £19.99

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