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    • 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 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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

    • Dead Water

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    The elderly Emily Pride is perfectly pleased to have inherited an island, even if her starchy pragmatism is ever so faintly appalled by the Pixie Falls spring and its reported miraculous healing properties. But really, the locals' attempts to capitalize on the 'miracles' are entirely too tacky - Ye Olde Gift Shoppe, the neon signs…not on Miss Emily’s watch, thank you.

    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 59
    • 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

    • 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 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    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

    • 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 99
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    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

    • Grave Mistake

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Jane Asher
    • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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

    • Overture to Death

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    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

    • 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 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    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

    • 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 52
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    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 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 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    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

    • Artists in Crime

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    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

    • Light Thickens

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Peregrine Jay, owner of the Dolphin Theatre, is putting on a magnificent production of Macbeth, the play that, superstition says, always brings bad luck. But one night the claymore swings, and the dummy's head is more than real: murder behind the scene. Luckily, Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn is in the audience....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • slow

    • By Jay on 05-02-17

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Opening Night & When in Rome (Dramatised)

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Michael Cochrane, David Swift, Nick Waring, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Jeremy Clyde Stars as Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn in two BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatizations.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • My review

    • By Juanita Fogarty on 25-10-15

    Regular price: £10.00

    • Photo-Finish

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    The luxury mansion on New Zealand's Lake Waihoe was the ideal place for the world-famous soprano to rest after her triumphant tour. Chief Superintendent Alleyn and his wife were among the houseguests - but theirs was not a social visit. When tragedy struck, the peace of the island was shattered. With a houseful of suspects now isolated by one of the lake's sudden storms, Alleyn was to face one of his trickiest cases....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Kiwi Christie

    • By L. Serck on 15-02-16

    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 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    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

    • Tied Up in Tinsel

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    Christmastime in an isolated country house and, following a flaming row in the kitchen, there’s murder inside. When a much disliked visiting servant disappears without trace after playing Santa Claus, foul play is at once suspected - and foul play it proves to be. Only suspicion falls not on the staff but on the guests, all so unimpeachably respectable that the very thought of murder in connection with any of them seems almost heresy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Cracker of an Alternative Christmas Read!

    • By Jonathan on 24-12-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Death in Ecstasy

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Once again, Roderick Alleyn is on the case of a killer who plucked the life from the newest initiate of The House of the Sacred Flame, just as she was about to drink the sacrificial wine, being as it was laced with cyanide. In investigating her death he finds the High Priest and his followers are more enmeshed is the earthly passions of lust and jealousy than they would like to imagine.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • When in Rome

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: James Saxon
    • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Murder, blackmail and drug dealing on the Tiber combine in one of Ngaio Marsh’s liveliest and most evocative novels. When their guide disappears mysteriously in the depths of a Roman basilica, the members of Mr. Sebastian Mailer’s tour group seem strangely unperturbed. But when a body is discovered in an Etruscan sarcophagus, Superintendent Alleyn, in Rome incognito on the trail of an international drug racket, is very much concerned.

    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 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63

    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

    • Colour Scheme

    • By: Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    It was a horrible death - Maurice Questing was lured into a pool of boiling mud and left there to die. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, far from home on a wartime quest for German agents, knows that any number of people could have killed him. But who actually did?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Jean the Bean on 28-04-15

    Regular price: £20.29

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