When In Rome and Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh

When in Rome and Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh
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EXCERPT: (From When in Rome) Barnaby Grant looked at the Etruscan bride and bridegroom who reclined so easily on their sarcophagal couch and wondered whether they had died young and whether, they had died together. Their gentle lips, he thought, might easily tilt into the arrowhead smile of Apollo and Hermes. How fulfilled they were and how enigmatically alike. What signal did she give with her largish hands? How touchingly his hand hovered above her shoulder.

” –from Cerveteri,” said a guide rapidly. “Five hundred and thirty years before Christ.”

“Christ,” said a tourist on a note of exhaustion.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Two full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Ngaio Marsh short stories.

In Opening Night, a leading actor is found gassed in his dressing room. It looks like suicide, until it transpires that he was widely detested. Inspector Alleyn quickly realises that almost everyone in the theatre had a motive for his murder.

Jeremy Clyde stars as Inspector Alleyn.

When In Rome finds Inspector Alleyn joining a group of highly suspicious tourists on a visit to a Roman catacomb. The corpse he finds in an ancient sarcophagus has been very recently murdered…

MY THOUGHTS: I just love these full cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Ngaio Marsh’s murder-mysteries. While they may be severely abridged in content, the professionalism with which they are produced more than compensates.

Both mysteries are well plotted, with no obvious suspects and a well balanced cast of characters.

Highly recommended.

I listened to When In Rome and Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh, recorded with a full cast and featuring Jeremy Clyde as Inspector Alleyn, produced by BBC Radio and published by AudioGO via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2349659318

Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbler. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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