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Publisher's Summary

Young Ricky Alleyn has come to the picturesque fishing village of Deep Cove to write. Though the sleepy little town offers few diversions, Ricky manages to find the most distracting one of all: murder. For in a muddy ditch, he sees a dead equestrienne whose last leap was anything but an accident. And when Ricky himself disappears, the case becomes a horse of a different color for his father, Inspector Roderick Alleyn.
©1977 Ngaio Marsh; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"With the deft touch of a master, Marsh paints her highly visual English countryside sets and charming, gracious characters....Nadia May is unfaltering in carrying off this wonderful work which, in its simplicity, is a throwback to a less complicated, more gently paced period." (AudioFile)
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By Linda on 09-10-12

Detective Fiction that Never Disappoints

Would you listen to Last Ditch again? Why?

I probably would, because the story is reliable Ngaio Marsh: well-plotted, funny, and above all filled with wonderful characters.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the relationship between Detective Roderick Alleyn and his grown son.

Did Nadia May do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She did a pretty good job with accents and so forth, but I'm afraid I love the other narrator of Marsh's books, James Saxon, too much to give her the highest marks. Plus the quality of the recording was not the best.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh, no! It's much too long for that!

Any additional comments?

James Saxon rocks.

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