In a poisonous cloud of spray, the curtain falls on a drama queen. Little did beloved British actress Mary Bellamy know that she would be done in at her own birthday party - choked by toxic mist from the bottle of Slaypest, a deadly insecticide.
Basking in the glow of her most adoring fans - who all happened to be her most duplicitous enemies - Mary would make her final performance.
When Superintendent Roderick Alleyn arrives, he smells a rat amongst the contemptuous collection of theatre types detained at the party, for this case has the unmistakable scent of murder....
"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." (Times Literary Supplement)
"Miss Marsh triumphs." (Daily Telegraph)
"High-spirited, amusing...neatly contrived from start to finish." (New Statesman)
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How to ruin a great story
Oooh Ducky!!! Luvies abound!
Jolly good fun!
The story is a classic whodunnit.... but Saxon brings it to life
James Saxon must be one of the best character voice actors going, and in this show biz story he is supreme, from coy to camp and back..... but mostly camp.
Laughed out loud, not so much at the plot but at Saxon's interpretation.
Listen out for Deep Throat Nin!
- My Idoru