Overture to Death : Roderick Alleyn

  • by Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by Ric Jerrom
  • Series: Roderick Alleyn
  • 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. But its execution was doomed when Miss Campanula sat down to play.
A chord was struck, a shot rang out and Miss Campanula was dead. A case of sinister infatuation for the brilliant Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn.


What the Critics Say

"Admirably mysterious." (Daily Mail)
"It's time to start comparing Christie to Marsh instead of the other way around." (New York magazine)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Charming period piece

Detailed scenes setting and characterisations together with a far fetched plot combine in an enjoyable entertainment. Expertly narrated.
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Best so far

I'm making my way through the Inspector Alleyn series, by Ngaio Marsh. It's interesting to see how Alleyn's character develops, and how Marsh's writing style and pace develops too. This is undoubtedly her best so far, in plot and writing terms. It's read well, too.
It's also a fascinating insight into the society and culture of the 1930's, when it was written. All quite ridiculous now. It occurred to me that such a close working relationship between a high up policeman and a reporter would be very suspect now.
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- M. Steel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK