Death at the Bar

By Ngaio Marsh
Read by Wanda McCaddon

The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: Book 9

8.38 Hours 12/01/1996 unabridged
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Accidental death-by-dart, or murder? At the Plume of Feathers in south Devon one midsummer evening, eight people are gathered together in the tap-room. After an evening of friendly darts and vintage brandy, a distinguished, although amorous, barrister is in no condition to drive—or walk. The poor fellow’s expired, leaving one less lawyer in the world. Everyone in the cozy pub swears that the untimely death was caused by a dart that punctured the victim’s finger. But to inspector Roderick Alleyn, the “accident” was really a case of murder. A distinguished painter, a celebrated actor, a woman graduate, a plump lady from County Clare, and a Devonshire farmer all play their parts in the unraveling of the problem.

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Summary

Summary

Accidental death-by-dart, or murder?

At the Plume of Feathers in south Devon one midsummer evening, eight people are gathered together in the tap-room. After an evening of friendly darts and vintage brandy, a distinguished, although amorous, barrister is in no condition to drive—or walk. The poor fellow’s expired, leaving one less lawyer in the world. Everyone in the cozy pub swears that the untimely death was caused by a dart that punctured the victim’s finger. But to inspector Roderick Alleyn, the “accident” was really a case of murder.

A distinguished painter, a celebrated actor, a woman graduate, a plump lady from County Clare, and a Devonshire farmer all play their parts in the unraveling of the problem.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It’s time to start comparing Christie to Marsh instead of the other way around.” New York magazine
“Full marks...a really clever problem in detection. It will need a really sharp brain to discover the criminal.” Times Literary Supplement
“Read just one of Ngaio Marsh's novels and you've got to read them all.” Daily Mail
“The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.” Sun

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Author Bio: Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh (1895–1982), born in New Zealand, wrote over thirty detective novels. Many of her stories had theatrical settings, as her real passion was for the theater. She was both an actress and a producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public’s interest in live theater. In 1966 she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English