Artists in Crime

  • by Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
  • 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen.It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion.

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Classic mystery, appealing detective, 5 star narrator

What did you like most about Artists in Crime?

Clever mystery, along the lines of Dorothy L Sayers. Have now listened to a couple of others by Ngaio Marsh and they have also not disappointed. Looking forward to listening to more.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Roderick Alleyn (the detective) - gentle, intelligent and humane.


What does Benedict Cumberbatch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Lovely voice, and commitment to dramatizing all the characters subtly and skilfully. (Well, he is an excellent actor after all!)


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- Malie Lalor

Abridged version - Well read but quite short !

Love this story and very well read - but I did not (entirely my fault) realise it was the abridged version. Cuts out far too much of the characters personalities - the story is complete - but lacks the character based feel of the original book.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2008
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK