Singing in the Shrouds : Roderick Alleyn

  • by Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by James Saxon
  • Series: Roderick Alleyn
  • 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On a cold February night, the police find the third corpse on the quayside in the Pool of London, her body covered with flower petals and pearls. The killer walked away singing.
When the cargo ship Cape Farewell sets sail, she carries nine passengers, one of whom is known to be the murderer. Which is why Superintendent Roderick Alleyn joins the ship at Portsmouth on the most difficult assignment of his professional career....


What the Critics Say

"Ngaio Marsh at her intelligent best." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"Superlatively good." ( Sunday Times)
"Astoundingly good...moments of pure hilarity set among moments of real fear. Masterly." ( Daily Express)
"Really excellent...a proper and classic detective story." (BBC)


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Customer Reviews

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Spoilt by the narration

Where does Singing in the Shrouds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a different format for a marsh novel set almost entirely on board ship. Unfortunately the narrator over does all of the characters to the extent that it is almost pantomime.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is excellent and the end is a good twist

Would you be willing to try another one of James Saxon’s performances?


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


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- Bozz

Atmospheric but a bit obvious

This was well narrated and
built up an interesting atmosphere on the docks and on the boat where the action takes place. But, the story was a bit thin, so not one of my favourite Marsh novels.
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- D

Book Details

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