Final Curtain

By Ngaio Marsh
Read by Wanda McCaddon

The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: Book 14

9.67 Hours 01/01/1994 unabridged
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Murder gets into the act in Ngaio Marsh’s wittiest and most readable novel—and a Shakespearean actor takes his final bow. Beautiful Troy Alleyn, artist wife of Inspector Alleyn, had been warned about the famed old Shakespearean actor Sir Henry and his eccentric household. But she was not prepared for the acts of malice and mischief that would ensue at his birthday party. Now Sir Henry is dead, after a large and lethal birthday dinner of champagne and crayfish—and after changing his will in favor of his glamorous young fiancée. And Troy is suddenly star witness in one of her husband’s most sensational cases. Together, the Alleyns must determine which of the flamboyant characters at Sir Henry’s house brought down the final curtain and turned a drawing room farce into tragedy.

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Summary

Summary

Murder gets into the act in Ngaio Marsh’s wittiest and most readable novel—and a Shakespearean actor takes his final bow.

Beautiful Troy Alleyn, artist wife of Inspector Alleyn, had been warned about the famed old Shakespearean actor Sir Henry and his eccentric household. But she was not prepared for the acts of malice and mischief that would ensue at his birthday party.

Now Sir Henry is dead, after a large and lethal birthday dinner of champagne and crayfish—and after changing his will in favor of his glamorous young fiancée. And Troy is suddenly star witness in one of her husband’s most sensational cases. Together, the Alleyns must determine which of the flamboyant characters at Sir Henry’s house brought down the final curtain and turned a drawing room farce into tragedy.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Wanda McCaddon’s] British accent and soprano voice perfectly capture Marsh’s narrative. Her portrayal of the bizarre cast of characters is superb.”  AudioFile
“[Wanda McCaddon] gives a wonderful reading.”  Library Journal
“Purty ngai perfect.” Saturday Review of Literature
“She uses the old formula brilliantly.” Julian Symons, British crime writer

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Author

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, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English