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Publisher's Summary

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....

©1942 Original Text of 1942 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"On the plane of art." ( Tatler)
"She is astoundingly good." ( Daily Express)
"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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Ngaio Marsh: A Queen of Crime

If you enjoy Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie, you will probably enjoy Ngaio Marsh. The story is well read by James Saxon.

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  • Meep
  • 18-12-2015

NOT PHILIP FRANKS READING!!!

I love James Saxon reading Ngaio Marsh. I have every Marsh he's ever read that audible offers. However, Death and the Dancing Footman is not my favorite of his readings, which is why I thought I would have Philip Franks reading of it, as Philip Franks is a WONDERFUL reader and I hope that he will do every single one of Marsh's books for us in the near future. This, however, is NOT Philip Franks reading, it is James Saxon reading . Buyer beware.

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  • Helen L.
  • 09-07-2016

Never guessed it!

Once again, she had me hooked all the way to the end wondering who did it and exactly how? A peculiar and unsettling set-up this time, tinged with wartime jitters, with lots of snow and a number of unlikable suspects. The dancing footman proves to be a key witness, but the few moments he witnesses are hard to piece together even after they are recapped over and over. This is okay, of course, for the story is meant to be intricate in that way. And despite the malevolent intentions of many, I loved it.

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  • Belle
  • 28-09-2020

A perfect mystery!

Wow, this had it all! Clues, snowstorm, twists, characters! Loved it and would recommend to any who like a British house mystery.

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  • H. Bray
  • 16-05-2019

Great mystery

Ngaio Marsh again finds a fascinating way to subvert the conventions of the sleuth mystery. The reader is somewhat jowly, and not so great with the women, but very good with the men's voices. This is a fascinating story I never came close to anticipating the solution.

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  • Anne Georgiadis
  • 06-01-2019

Very good

But, you have to wait 7 hours before Allyn makes his appearance. You will definitely know all the characters well.

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  • Christopher Bedford
  • 21-06-2016

Reader well past his best

What would have made Death and the Dancing Footman better?

Another reader!

What didn’t you like about James Saxon’s performance?

Mr Saxon's performance sounded as if he had just of the stage of a Victorian melodrama. His characterisation of the females was almost as bad as his German accent! I have only just recently finished a couple of Philip Franks renditions of Ngaio Marsh novels and the difference is extreme.

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  • Anne
  • 04-11-2015

Narrator is not Philip Franks

Philip Franks beautifully narrated two other books in this series, but not this one. The narrator is James Saxon. His style is far less natural and appealing.

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  • Cathy Puzey
  • 12-06-2016

Classic country house mystery, snow bound guests

Murder in the house and trapped by snow, perilous journey to bring Alleyn to solve

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  • Keithj
  • 26-06-2016

Not much Alleyn in it.

The story rambles on from the beginning as do other books in the series, introducing characters and muddying the waters. So far, so usual but Alleyn appears very late in the proceedings and plays, I think, a lesser part than previously. The story is still a good one and the confusions are not resolved until the last few minutes but I didn't feel it was quite as good as the earlier books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-2020

Fine Traditional Murder Mystery!!

An excellent Golden Era murder/mystery, written by one of the finest writers of the genre. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • jim
  • 12-03-2020

don't bother

Book one to book ten in this series are fabulous and easy to listen to but THIS one is not worth the effort, Started three times but could not pass chapter ten. It is overly complicated and painfully slow. I would like to return it, if I only KNEW how.

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  • Mrs M McKenzie
  • 01-12-2015

Dissatisfaction incorrect narrator

Not the advertised narrator. This is narrated by James Saxon. Audible appear unable to correct this despite repeated complaint.

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