Tied Up in Tinsel : Roderick Alleyn

  • by Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by Wanda McCaddon
  • Series: Roderick Alleyn
  • 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Christmas pageant turns unholy.Holed up at Hilary Bill-Tasman's manor estate for Christmas, Troy Alleyn is to paint the man's portrait and, while she's there, view the Druid Christmas pageant. Along with a pack of eccentric guests, Troy enjoys the festivities, until one of the pageant's players mysteriously disappears into the snowy night. Did the hired help, each a paroled murderer from the nearby prison, have a deadly hand in this Christmas conundrum? Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to join his wife in finding the lost man, and unraveling the glaring truth from the glittering tinsel.


What the Critics Say

"Dame Ngaio has yet to write a mystery that is less than perfect." (Portland Oregonian)


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Customer Reviews

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Classy Classic

I was confused when I went to my library to review this -- mine says Nadia May is the narrator. Well, turns out Wanda McCaddon is Nadia May! So, another mystery solved!

I read Ngaio Marsh's books years ago, so was happy to revisit on Audible. "Tied Up in Tinsel" turns out to be one of the best I have listened to so far! That is largely due to May/McCaddon's wonderful performance of the eccentric characters in this English Manor mystery. I especially love her treatment of Uncle Flea, a funny, lovable, irascible old Colonel in the classic Empire mode.

The story is also in the classic style of English mysteries. A twist is that the manor's servants are all ex-cons with murder in their pasts. Marsh throws in a lot of red herrings, a gorgeous Christmas tree, and a good deal of humor.

This is strictly for fans of the old-fashioned British upper-class mystery. If you're in the mood for that, this one is tops!
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- C. Telfair

Great Holiday Mystery

Where does Tied Up in Tinsel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love classic mysteries and I love Ngaio Marsh. This one is great for the holiday season-- very quirky and enjoyable. I always forget, with Marsh, how long she takes to get into the crime. I still love her mysteries, and I love the atmosphere. It's not the greatest mystery of all time, in my mind, But it's festive and well-written as always.

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- Deana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-14-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.