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  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition edition (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405507462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405507462
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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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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‘Miss Marsh’s work has the hallmark of the master.’
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Roderick Alleyn returns to unpick a web of deceit surrounding a sinister - and very public - murder.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "rosemarie122" on 10 Nov. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book only a few weeks ago when I bought it second hand under the title Swing, Brother Swing. I ordered A Wreath for Rivera last week and was looking forward to another of Ngaio's very good stories. Unfortunatley it seems the USA gave the book a different title. So be warned! If you buy this don't buy Swing Brother Swing!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2012
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Lord Pastern has always been in the news for one escapade or another. He has managed to persuade Breezy Bellairs to let him play the drums one night at the Metronome - a well known night club. During the act, Carlos Rivera, a member of the same act is killed. In the audience are Roderick Alleyn, Scotland Yard Detective, and his wife Troy. Naturally he becomes involved in the investigation.

I think Lord Pastern himself must be one of the most obnoxious characters Ngaio Marsh ever created. He is rude, overbearing, childish and a thoroughly unpleasant person - but is he the murderer? That's what Alleyn and his assistant, Inspector Fox must decide. The mystery involves the identity of an agony Uncle writing in a magazine called Harmony, a flighty step-daughter of Lord Pastern's who is planning an engagement to Carlos Rivera rather against her family's wishes and illegal drugs.

There are plenty of clues, suspects and red herrings and the problem is to pick out the truth from the lies told by all the suspects. I thought this entertaining mystery was very well plotted and it certainly kept me reading in order to try and find out exactly how the murder was committed. Believable characters, good writing and intricate plotting all make Ngaio Marsh's novels stand the test of time. (This book was also published as `A Wreath for Rivera')
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By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 April 2014
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'Swing Brother Swing' (1949) is the fifteenth Alleyn whodunit. Confusingly, it was published as 'A Wreath for Rivera' in the US. It is packed full eccentric characters from the Riviera lifestyle of the filthy rich - lounge musicians, writers and columnists, drug dealers, described with Marsh's usual sly, sometimes barbed humour. The jazz band setting and the luxurious lifestyle of the rich seems more appropriate to a pre-war setting - but I suppose there will always be a class of idle rich, sometimes doing stupid things out of sheer boredom. The portrayal of Italians belongs to another era, too, seeming a bit stereotyped now.
Lord Pastern & Bagot is an eccentric peer who tends to have brief enthusiasms. At present, it is jazz. He also likes practical jokes. Breezy Bellairs' band lets him play percussion with them for a night. The plan is to end with Lord Pastern pretending to shoot the accordion player, Carlos Rivera. To everyone's horror, Rivera really dies...
There are, of course, complications and red herrings. Did Rivera die because he has been romantically involved with Lord Pastern's stepdaughter? Who is the "agony uncle" who signs himself G.P.F? Does the murder have to do with drugs?
As ever, Marsh's strengths lie in the characters, the beautiful, economical writing style, the vivid settings, the pace of the plot and the occasional shafts of wit. I relished all this. The plot is dated, of course; 1949 was a long time ago. Alleyn is a strong detective, to me much better than Poirot, who is slightly ridiculous, and reading about him is always a pleasure. There is plenty to enjoy in this book, as long as one accepts and savours the conventions of the era. Ngaio Marsh really is such a good writer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on 8 Mar. 2008
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Standard early Ngaio Marsh - which translates as an excellent classic who-done-it! - but beware that "A Wreath for Rivera" is the American title - in the UK it has always been published as "Swing, Broth, Swing"
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By Janetti on 1 May 2013
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I have read many of Ngaio Marsh books over the years, but this one I found a little disappointing. Although her books are usually light, but good reading, I found the characters in this book hard to accept and really didn't find one I took a liking to - even the goodies! I got rather bored reading the intricate details of the "how it was done" and found the whole thing too contrived for my enjoyment. If you haven't read any Ngaio Marsh books before, My advice would be, don't start with this one. There are many much better ones. Well, you did ask?
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By MaryContrary on 3 Dec. 2012
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Great Ngaio Marsh novel, to my mind always better away from New Zealand and the theatre. Dotty peer and straightlaced wife, spoilt daughter in need of a slap. Handsome Alleyn and ever cosy Fox mixed in with period swing and drugs. Wish there had been more from Marsh, Surfeit of Lampreys being my favourite.
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One of a series of detective crime novels. Inspector Alleyn is one of my fictional detective heroes, a hard working character. The plots can be intriguing and the progress of deduction and investigation of the crime well written
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Slow to get going and not as well structured as other novels from Ngaio Marsh I persevered but even the end was a disappointment in its abrupt conclusion so much so I expected another page!
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