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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.
©1972 Ngaio Marsh, Ltd.; (P)1994 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"Dame Ngaio has yet to write a mystery that is less than perfect." (Portland Oregonian)
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By C. Telfair on 08-27-12

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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By Deana on 12-23-11

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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