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A man dies with his hand on a radio dial. A distinguished aristocrat finds murder at the opening night of a play. A cryptogram produces death in an English churchyard.

Death on the Air and Other Stories serves as the perfect introduction to Ngaio Marsh and her creation, Inspector Roderick Alleyn, or as a nostalgic journey for her many fans.

©1989 Ngaio Marsh

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lynne Phelps
  • 25/11/2006

Fascinating insights from the author

<p>Ngaio Marsh was queen of the golden age of British “who-done-its”, far surpassing the work of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. I have re-read her books countless times over the years. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the short stories in this anthology, and in fact ordered the anthology because of them, in the end it was the essays that I found most fascinating. </p>
<p>The introduction by author Susan Howatch was a magnificent tribute to Marsh’s work and its influence upon her own prolific and outstanding writing career. She goes on to give a very interesting biography of Ngaio Marsh and an analysis of her body of work. </p>
<p>In the first essay, Ngaio Marsh talks how the series began and how her detective, Roderick Alleyn, was formed. She also discusses the beginnings of his love, artist Agatha Troy. In the closing essay, “My Dear Boy”, she writes a conversational response to all the aspiring writers who have appealed to her over the years. These essays were significantly enhanced by the reading of Nadia May, as I could almost imagine that the author herself was speaking her thoughts. </p>
<p>The short stories were also very good. They had originally been published in various magazines and were quite ingenious, with settings spanning the range from the theater to village life to New Zealand. For those who enjoyed Marsh’s novel “Death of a Peer” (the American title of “A Surfeit of Lampreys”) you will enjoy the reappearance of Lord Michael Lamprey in a cameo role in one of the stories. Agatha Troy also makes an appearance, and, as ever, Alleyn is assisted by the trusty Inspector Fox. </p>
<p>I recommend this audio book to anyone who loves Ngaio Marsh; to anyone who would like to get to know the great Ngaio Marsh stories; and to anyone who loves classic detective fiction, particularly of the British who-done-it variety. </p>

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • KO
  • 31/10/2020

Not actual stories

This is just a foreword and then the author describing her books - it’s not actually stories

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  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • ner_do_well
  • 09/11/2020

The narration kills it

I'm not a big Ngaio Marsh fan. But I think the production quality here kills the enjoyment. The volume levels change and there is background noise, like page flipping or other sounds that distract. But the absolute worst about it is the pompous feel of the narrator. It absolutely ruins the audiobook. You spend more time focusing on the narrator than on the story.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • John
  • 07/11/2020

A Treasure Trove

I was brought up short by the introduction’s assertion that Ngaio Marsh was a better writer—meaning a better craftsman—than Agatha Christie. I'd never considered the question. But now I think I agree. Of course, the “portraits” of Inspector Alleyn and Agatha Troy at the beginning of this collection tackle the questions fans want answered most, but they also contain some vivid writing. The imagery and dramatic pacing in the eight stories that follow (one recounting a true mystery) testify to the influence of Marsh’s other two careers, in front of the easel and behind the scenes at the theater. According to the introduction, writing was only Marsh’s third love, but her first two certainly rendered her prose sharp, clean, and compelling. The TV script, “Evil Liver”, was just as good as any of the stories and (to my surprise) just as engrossing, in spite of its script format. And the final piece, “Oh, My Poor Boy”, a letter to someone who wanted to be an author, is a dash of cold, sensible water in the face of all dilletantes. Nadia May serves up each piece to perfection.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Mike summa
  • 26/10/2020

An excellent compilation of stories.

I greatly enjoy the style and the stories. The narration was excellent. I am officially a Ngaio Marsh fan .

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Scott G
  • 23/09/2020

Good Introduction To Ngaio Marsh

This book provides an interesting range of stories and other forms of writing by Ngaio Marsh. It is a nice introduction to her main characters Roderick Alleyn and Agatha Troy, and showcases her other talents outside of her main series. She wrote about what she observed around her. Some people say this makes her material dated. I say that it provides a window into another, older time that I would not normally have. Finally, I gave Performance 4 stars because the reading seems to run from one story right into the next with little perceptible pause. It makes it difficult to tell when one story ends and the next begins.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Customer
  • 11/09/2020

Wanda McMaddon AKA Nadia May

Before beginning this poor review, let me emphasize the fact that I love the work of both Miss Marsh and Miss May. I bought all of Ngaio Marsh’s books which were available through Audible at the time if narrated by Nadia May because I loved her performance so much, and I love most of the books by Miss Marsh. This book and the narration I did not love and do not recommend. I found Miss May’s reading much too breathy, and I would find myself struggling to breathe for her before she smoothed out. Stories ran together because there wasn’t enough of a break between each for the listener to process the fact the story had ended. The experience of listening to this collection was not unlike what I used to experience reading my Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock magazines years ago. A couple of **really** good stories, a couple of bad ones, but mostly entertaining and forgotten when the next magazines were delivered. Given I have enjoyed the full length Ngaio Marsh Audible books narrated by Nadia May, I don’t think it’s fair to place all the blame of not enjoying this one on the narration. I didn’t buy or use a credit for this recording, I’m happy to say. I “borrowed” it through the new Audible Plus program. A fan of Inspector Roderick Alleyn will enjoy the first story in this collection in which he and his wife make an appearance, but features Sir Michael Lamprey. Sadly, none of his charming children make an appearance.

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  • Generale
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  • Karen
  • 04/01/2014

Lifeless

What disappointed you about Death on the Air and Other Stories?

Sorry but this did not keep my attention, so I did not listen to very much.

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