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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 15 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: AudioGO Ltd.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Aug. 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ1OK4
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Published in 1938, and impeccably set in the upper-class world of debutantes coming out for the season, Alleyn gets swept into this particular investigation in part through his mother, who is chaperoning his niece and her ‘bestie’ into their first season. And coincidentally Alleyn is already beginning to hone his intellect and his team into an investigation of the society set, as it appears a blackmailer is moving amongst them. Our hero has to tread carefully, using his society credentials without alarming those who are running the racket.
Things get much darker and much nastier though, when a murder which touches Alleyn personally turns the desire to find the killer into far more than a dispassionate solving of a crime. Grief and anger, not to mention a sense of personal responsibility are in this mix.
Further complications, making this more than just the routine solving of a crime are also on the agenda. Alleyn has some unresolved business to sort out with the well-respected artist Agatha Troy, who was involved for a while as a potential suspect in the previous outing, ‘Artists in Crime’ She is certainly guilty of capturing Alleyn’s heart, although being a suspect in a murder investigation does not necessarily make the best way for a far from faint heart to win a fair lady.
Alleyn (as ever) is a very human, very real person, getting more and more three dimensional as the series progresses
The story "Death in a White Tie" was excellent but buy the book rather than the kindle download as then you will actually get the product as described.
Couldn't say if this is sharp practice by Amazon or just incompetence.
As ever, Ngaio Marsh's accomplished prose is a pleasure to read. She writes intelligently and with sharp wit and acute observation. Every detail is telling and vivid. As ever, too, the characters are beautifully imagined and drawn. One really likes Lord Robert and feels Alleyn's grief and anger at his death. This means that one does no read the book merely to find out the solution to the puzzle, but for the sheer pleasure of the journey.
Alleyn's relationship with Agatha Troy is developing nicely, from his point of view, and he is a little obsessed with her. Personally, I find her a bit irritating and much preferred Belinda Lang in the TV dramatization of this story, who was less eccentric and complicated than the Troy of the books. She is so dishevelled and hung up about actually committing to Alleyn that she got on my nerves. It is interesting to me that Ngaio Marsh originally planned to be a painter before becoming an actress and producer and a writer. This caused me to wonder whether she was Troy, in the same way as Dorothy L Sayers was Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey the ideal man of her fantasies.Read more ›
Unfortunately her grandfather, William Campion, is murdered during the dance on Sword Wednesday, close to Christmas. The villagers suspect Mrs Bunz - a German visitor collecting information about rural traditions - of somehow being involved in the murder but it seems impossible that anyone could commit a murder in full view of a crowd of people.
There are many unpleasant undercurrents in this well plotted mystery with plenty of family feuds and hidden motives. Unless the reader is very good at putting all the bits together they will be unlikely to work out who committed the murder and how it was done. The ending - which involves a reconstruction of the crime - is very well done and a tense and exciting read.
The characters are well drawn as ever and Alleyn himself is much in evidence in this story as the murder happens quite early on. Inspector Fox also plays quite a large part in it as well. This is an enjoyable and well constructed story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes their crime novels in the classic mould.
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An excellent and intricate Ngaio Marsh story, that is so evocative of it's period. A good condensation, and easy to get lost in. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ann McCabe
Aother traditional crime story gem from one of my favourite authors who writes better than Agatha Christie, who in my opinion has done many readable stories of which only a handful... Read morePublished 7 months ago by G H
I always enjoy Ngaio Marsh's detective Alleyn mysteries and this one was well up to standard. It was also good to find the story that followed on from Artists In Crime and... Read morePublished on 22 May 2015 by D.J. James
Love this author and having it read by Benedict Cumberbatch doubled my enjoyment. Listen to these CDs in the car nearly every day. Good plots and strong characters.Published on 7 Nov. 2014 by ms penny younger
Love the story, love the reader. My only objection is that the story is abridged.Published on 6 Nov. 2014 by tanyakdvm
In the 1950s this author and Agatha Christie were amongst the few writers of crime fiction available. This crime novel is worth reading.Published on 25 Nov. 2013 by Dr. R. Jameson
Anyone who loves N Marsh will have to have this in their collection. A very good read. I keep them and read over again.Published on 15 Aug. 2013 by Gavin