The elderly Emily Pride is perfectly pleased to have inherited an island, even if her starchy pragmatism is ever so faintly appalled by the Pixie Falls spring and its reported miraculous healing properties.
But really, the locals' attempts to capitalize on the 'miracles' are entirely too tacky - Ye Olde Gift Shoppe, the neon signs…not on Miss Emily’s watch, thank you. Of course, the locals are not exactly thrilled to give up their trade (Pixie Falls may be merely be known for healing warts, it’s true, but you take your shillings where you can find them). Could their frustration have bubbled up into murderous rage?
Inspector Alleyn will have to sort it out. And this time, it’s personal.
"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." (Times Literary Supplement)
"A beauty.... Miss Marsh is a fine, sly, comic writer." (The Sun)
"A brilliant traditional detective story." (Evening Standard)
"Reading a Ngaio Marsh mystery is like being in the company of a gracious, spirited raconteur." (Newsweek)
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Murder in the Highlands
I would definitely listen again. It's one of my favorite of Ngaio Marsh's stories and is very well done.
I wasn't on the edge of my seat, but I did listen longer than I had planned because I was enjoying it so much.
I like his characterizations of Chief Inspector Alleyn and Miss Emily. Both were well done.
Yes, but I had to space it out for a bit. It's a fun listen though. Great for a road trip or even your daily commute.
If you like this one, you might want to check out the wonderful performances by Benedict Cumberbatch on three of Dame Ngaio's novels. They're excellent.
If it is what you want, it is just the ticket.