A classic Ngaio Marsh novel in which a game of darts in an English pub has gruesome consequences. At the Plume of Feathers in south Devon one midsummer evening, eight people are gathered together in the tap-room. They are in the habit of playing darts, but on this occasion an experiment takes the place of the usual game -- a fatal experiment which calls for investigation. A distinguished painter, a celebrated actor, a woman graduate, a plump lady from County Clare, and a Devonshire farmer all play their parts in the unravelling of the problem...
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Dame Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand in 1895 and died in February 1982. She wrote over 30 detective novels and many of her stories have theatrical settings, for Ngaio Marsh's real passion was the theatre. She was both actress and producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre. It was for this work that the received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.From AudioFile:
With a few minor changes, this 1939 tale could have been written today. The listener's attention is immediately captured when an auto accident takes on strange undertones. Since most of the action takes place in and around a pub with little "real" action, a good presentation is imperative. This is done wonderfully by narrator Saxon. He handles various accents, the two females as well as others, with equal skill. He excels at portraying the quarrelsome old men. Marsh keeps things interesting, and Saxon keeps the momentum going with his delivery. A Ngaio Marsh book is more than a mystery. S.G.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0006512356
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006512356