Death in a White Tie

  • by Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
  • 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh's 1930s novels.The season had begun. Débutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first...

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Great voice acting

Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic at the voice acting in this one, there are times when you really forget that it is all just him and there isn't some elderly stiff upper lip gentleman or a querulous old woman acting it with him. The storyline itself is great and you will be working to figure out how the crime was pulled off, and serious kudos if you actually manage to guess it before the big reveal.
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- R. D'Averc

a trip to 30's high society

Would you consider the audio edition of Death in a White Tie to be better than the print version?

YES, the performance had the lively quality of a radio play. I felt every moment that I was in the room.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Death in a White Tie?

Inspector Alleyn description of Troy; "would he ever recover from the love of her"


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

He has a mastery of voices that bring each character vividly to life, conjuring a whole person out of the air.


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

Allen and Troy' s reunion.


Any additional comments?

After listening to "death in white tie" I immediately downloaded another Marsh/Cumberbatch book.

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- SheilaPower

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-08-2008
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK