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Overture to Death [Paperback]

Ngaio Marsh
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17 April 2001

A classic Ngaio Marsh novel in which she more than lives up to her reputation as a crime writer of intelligence and style.

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.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (17 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006512585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006512585
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,697,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dame Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand in 1895 and died in February 1982. She wrote over 30 detective novels and many of her stories have theatrical settings, for Ngaio Marsh's real passion was the theatre. She was both actress and producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre. It was for this work that the received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.

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‘Admirably mysterious.’
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A classic crime tale sees the first notes played on the new parish hall piano bring about a gruesome death --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant classic whodunnit 23 April 2001
By A Customer
Ngaio Marsh never fails to produce a page-turner, and Overture to Death is as good as any of her works. Many of the characters walk the tightroap between being believable and being farcical, and on every page,information is casually included which turns out to be relevant to the killer's identity. A first-class read for anyone who loves classic whodunnits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marsh novel 20 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good story line throughout, abridged version so good short read that will not take days to get through. Though written a while ago it is still fresh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars writing as it could be 2 May 2012
By suegnu
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I started to reread the inspector alleyn series of books, what a joy to find well thought plots, good use of language,well formed and rounded characters and I intend to go through the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ngaio marsh 26 Dec 2013
By A. King
Glad I found this book been looking for this cover for years , I had forgot I ordered it so was a big surprise when it arrived .
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1 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Possibly the most tedious, boring book I have ever read. With cliched characters, who we feel nothing for, cliched settings (mansions, the churchyard et al) and a rather dull detective most people will have the mystery solved within the first few chapters.
Don't waste your time and energy reading this dire novel.
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