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Death in a White Tie

Narrated by: James Saxon
Series: Roderick Alleyn, Book 7
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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....

©1938 Original Text of 1938 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"Ngaio Marsh’s Death in a White Tie is the best detective story I have ever read..." (Dashiell Hammett)
"[This audiobook has] a distinction that puts the author in the front rank of crime story writers." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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One of Marsh's best

i enjoy Ngaio Marsh and this did not disappoint. Saxon is a decent reader but Phillip Franks is better.

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Good story but sound quality issues

I find the story enjoyable and I like James Saxon’s versions of the Ngaio Marsh stories but I found the quality of this recording not as good as those I’ve listened to previously.

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Inconsistent narration

The narration was very well done except f ok r one thing. When changing chapters, the recording levels varied, not so much volume as the timbre of the voice, sometimes bright other times more rich. A great story and well read and expressed narration.

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  • Arthur
  • 15-12-2015

Terrible recording

It appeared to be a splicing together of several recordings. The EQ was terrible. I'm places inaudible.

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  • L. Serck
  • 20-02-2016

Mono quality audio

Trying to get refund as this audio is terrible quality. It sounds very tinny and mono.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-2019

Changeable sound quality

Unfortunately James Saxon’s performance is marred by regular differences in sound quality which spoiled the listening experience.

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  • taylor
  • 11-04-2019

Love the book

Excellent book but the sound quality isn’t good which is annoying.
James Saxon is the best narrator possible

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  • My Spence
  • 08-08-2017

Excellent story & performance; poor recording quality

This is, to me, one of Ngaio Marsh's best books, and it's read very well. The downside is the very poor quality of the recording, which switches sound levels here and there, to the extent that I find myself wondering if the Bluetooth connection has broken and the sound is suddenly only coming through my iPod speaker. Disappointing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-03-2017

Enjoyable, however...

Excellent story from a brilliant writer, only slightly marred by the bad and variable audio quality

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  • Joanne F.
  • 21-04-2016

Dreadful quality recording

A great novel for Ngaio Marsh fans. James Saxon reads very well . Very poor quality recording - some parts sound as though they were recorded at the bottom of a well !