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Publisher's Summary

One of Ngaio Marsh’s most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy.
It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model’s pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been reenacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed forever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen.
It’s a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion....
©1938 Original Text of 1938 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The queen of the straight crime novel - long may she reign!" ( Sunday Times)
"The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress." ( The Sun)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Phebe on 10-13-16

Brilliant reading

This is a reasonably obvious Ngaio Marsh mystery, set up as a venue for the courtship between Alleyn and his future wife, Troy. It is the reading that makes this story delightful: Philip Franks is brilliant with the accents and characterizations, all of them, men and women alike. He is especially good with English social class. Most of the mystery characters are artists, and are sharply differentiated. This reader is so good that I am getting more of his books.

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3 out of 5 stars
By akinco on 05-11-16

Good mystery ruined by reader mispronouncing name

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

So how in the holy hell does a reader, who has performed other stories in this series, MISPRONOUNCE the famous detective's name and how does the director, who has ALSO directed other stories in this series, not CORRECT that colossal blunder? It was irritating to continually hear the name mispronounced - it almost ruined the story for me.

How could the performance have been better?

Could a start by correctly pronouncing the MAIN CHARACTER's name

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sharon Spiteri on 06-05-16

The pronunciation of Alleyn grates

It's pronounced Allen, the y is silent. Ngaio Marsh herself said so. Shame because the rest is fine. But I get a jolt every time I hear the pronunciation of Alleyn. And he's the main character. So he gets mentioned a lot. Groan.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms Jane E. Knight on 12-02-15

Brilliantly read

Phillip Franks creates the characters beautifully. This is a very satisfying novel by a "Queen of crime". It is an audiobook I can imagine listening to again - like a well loved radio play. I will seek out the narrator again.

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