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Publisher's Summary

Christmastime in an isolated country house and, following a flaming row in the kitchen, there’s murder inside.

When a much disliked visiting servant disappears without trace after playing Santa Claus, foul play is at once suspected - and foul play it proves to be. Only suspicion falls not on the staff but on the guests, all so unimpeachably respectable that the very thought of murder in connection with any of them seems almost heresy.

When Superintendent Roderick Alleyn returns unexpectedly from a trip to Australia, it is to find his beloved wife in the thick of an intriguing mystery....

©1972 Original Text of 1972 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"So entertaining that I recommend it unreservedly." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Agreeably effortless telling." ( Guardian)
"One of her best and most baffling mysteries." ( Daily Express)

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  • Carôle
  • 14-12-2015

Tolerable Story, Tolerable Narration.

This is my 2nd Ngaio Marsh audiobook read by this narrator. The first book was great, although the narration was awful. This however, was much better! However, the story was a bit long winded and, there was no real evidence of how the crime was solved! It seemed like pure guess work really.

I would suggest that this is a rainy day or holiday listen.

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  • slb
  • 11-06-2020

What a loss

The untimely death of James Saxon deprived us of a skilled narrator of the Alleyn books. Characterisations are wonderful, clearly recognisable but never tip over into caricature. I can listen to him over and over again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-2020

Great Golden-era Murder Mystery

This is a really good, traditional murder story, with all the best ingredients!
Ngaio Marsh at her finest.

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  • Jonathan
  • 24-12-2015

A Cracker of an Alternative Christmas Read!

N Marsh is always good read with her wit , charm and expert yet cosy plotting -in this case solved more in the background as Carôle says but I would argue that the very ambiguity of the suspected victim's vital status and the level of background description and atmosphere she found tad long winded is what drew me in. It of the cosy school of crime as I have said and has it tongue firmly panted in its cheek and it knows it while never going so far as there to be and justifiable claim to mocky or parody of the form. Oh and how Marsh solves the post war staffing shortage is just brilliant, though I won't spoil how, the eclectic cast of characters superbly brought to life by Mr Saxson,. Merry Christmas to all and to all happy listening!

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  • Louisa
  • 08-01-2021

Excellent Christmas listen

A very good Christmas listen very well narrated. The story is a little thin, but nevertheless, the twists and turns are well organised and the reading is brilliant. Definitely worth a listen especially if you are a Ngaio Marsh fan.

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  • Tomboy
  • 30-12-2020

Marsh is wonderful.

While not quite up to the "detecting" standard of some of her other novels, this is a wonderfully ditzy whodunnit where it's setting at Christmas is purely incidental. James Saxon, contrary to some of the reviews I've read, is superb throughout. His range of characterization is bewilderingly good and he has a quite beautiful voice for narration. He catches the period superbly with a richness of vocal texture that fits the story, and Ngaio Marsh's characters, to perfection.

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  • Dexlovesol
  • 28-12-2020

Christmas Turkey

A lot of old nonsense which is for some reason narrated at an absolutely break neck speed. It was vaguely enjoyable as I did Christmas chores so I’m being generous on the rating

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  • Asta Rootsi
  • 26-12-2020

Very enjoyable Christmas listen

Nice ‘Christmasy’ story, good narration, easygoing listen. Perfect for the season, but also not too bad in itself, will look for other stories in the series.

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  • Dawn Martin
  • 19-12-2020

One of her best and funniest.

Great story, memorable characters and setting. Troy is always a delightful heroine, her reactions and insights make this book particular fun and James Saxon's vocal gifts are, as usual, a pure delight.

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  • George
  • 18-12-2020

Silly rubbish

A load of silly rubbish made even more ridiculous by the narrator , who , sounds like he’s the worst for drink , if he’s not drunk he needs locking up for his own good . This has to be the pits .

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