Vintage Murder : Roderick Alleyn

  • by Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by James Saxon
  • Series: Roderick Alleyn
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A touring theatre company in New Zealand forms the basis of one of Marsh’s most ambitious and innovative novels.
New Zealand theatrical manager Alfred Meyer wanted to celebrate his wife’s birthday in style. The piece de résistance would be the jeroboam of champagne which would descend gently into a nest of fern and coloured lights on the table, set up onstage after the performance.
But something went horribly wrong. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn witnessed it himself. Was Meyer’s death the product of Maori superstitions? Or something much more down to earth?

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What the Critics Say

"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." (Times Literary Supplement)
"The theatre detail is engrossing." (Margaret Lewis)
"A far more ambitious novel than anything Marsh had attempted before." (American Journal of Popular Culture)
"Her work is as nearly flawless as makes no odds. Character, plot, wit, good writing, and sound technique." (Sunday Times)
"The finest writer in the English languange of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress." (The Sun)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great Imagery of New Zealand

Besides a good detective novel, the rich descriptions of New Zealand had me looking up the cost of Airplane tickets to there.
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- Mack Tennyson

classic

If you could sum up Vintage Murder in three words, what would they be?

Great story


What was one of the most memorable moments of Vintage Murder?

The interview between the main character and the doctor


What does James Saxon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I was a little disappointed with his voice. I picture a stronger more masculine voice.
The stories are terrific so I will purchase again and again.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Of course when he solves the case is the best part, although the picnic with the leading lady was especially descriptive.


Any additional comments?

I will listen to all of these books.

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- Jamie Kopp

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK