• Enter a Murderer

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (294 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The crime scene was the stage of the Unicorn Theatre, when a prop gun fired a very real bullet; the victim was an actor clawing his way to stardom using bribery instead of talent; and the suspects included two unwilling girlfriends and several relieved blackmail victims.

The stage is set for one of Roderick Alleyn's most baffling cases....

©1935 Original Text of 1935 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"It’s all good Ngaio Marsh, and that is good enough to satisfy the most critical reader of detective stories." ( New York Times)

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Sound issues

The book was good but the sound was horrible! It sounded at times as though it had been recorded decades ago in a a tin can. Every chapter had varying sound quality. It was quite irksome as I love all of the other Ngaio Marsh books I've listened to. Not sure why only this one had technical issues.

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Excellent

I can't believe that I haven't listened to a Ngaio Marsh before. What a fool I've been! Her writing is almost as good as Dorothy L. Sayers. I can't wait to hear the rest of her books.

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Not this Author's Best Work

While the performance was marvelous, this story wasn't as engaging as other stories of his.

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great ending

The intrepid Scotland Yard inspector gets the murderer in the end, after numerous twists and turns. Great story beautifully read. Suspenseful. Recommended

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  • 04-25-18

Always a good read/listen

Naio Marsh’s mysteries are always well constructed and James Saxon’s voices fit the characters and are always suited to the context.

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Fun mystery

The characters interacted well. The story moved smoothly, though the end was a tiny bit rushed

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Second Alleyn book

Definitely rough but characters being developed.









Each one does better. Try reading in order.





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Terrific

Love the genre, love the author and great performance by the person reading the novel. Recommended.

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  • Keithj
  • 02-17-16

A great mystery

This is a real bonus for anyone who likes a whodunnit. The story is very well written and the narrator does a first class job.

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  • Lydia
  • 03-18-19

Great story but poor narration

I love the Ngaio Marsh books hence the 3 stars, but I am struggling with the narrator as his voice goes through so many hammy accents (at times for the same character) . Particularly poor are most female parts who are almost pantomime performances.

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  • M. Andersen
  • 11-10-20

The later Alleyn books are much better

I have listened to, or read, most of Ngaio Marsh's novels. Some, such as "A Clutch of Constables" are really excellent with the characters of Fox and Alleyn mature and well developed. In this early novel, the characters jar at times. Don't choose this book as your first Marsh, and then judge all her novels by this standard.

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  • Rebecca
  • 06-25-20

A really good story told by an amazing narrator

I’ve listened to a few books read by James Saxon & he never disappoints. I’m surprised by some of the bad reviews he receives for this book but it wouldn’t do for us all to like the same things. He did a fantastic version of Agatha Christie’s Murder at the Vicarage which I wish was available on Audible. I enjoyed the story. It’s an intriguing whodunnit.

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  • Somerset Anne
  • 05-18-22

Good Listen

Evocative of the time it was written. I enjoyed this book. Narration did slip with character voices occasionally but still good overall.

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  • Tomboy
  • 03-07-22

Marsh does it again.

The consistency of the whodunits and beauty of Marsh's language never fails to impress. Roderick Alleyn is one of the truly great detectives of crime fiction, especially with his trusted sidekick, Inspector Fox at his side. The inclusion of the intrepid young reporter Nigel Bathgate adds to the wonderfully comedic aspects of Ngaio Marsh's novels. Marsh's works are worthy of much broader readership. While "of their time", great penmanship and literary flair has no period and never bores. Enter a Murderer is a classic genre whodunit, read wonderfully by James Saxon as always.

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  • Casbar
  • 01-13-22

entertaining old school who dun it!

Early Inspector Alleyn story . very entertaining with a simple story that has enough twists and turns to keep you engaged. The narrator had a fantastic range of voices . Highly recommended.

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  • Sally Stewart
  • 01-31-21

Classic puzzle with charming detective

A classic puzzle from the golden age of detective fiction. Ngaio Marsh's knowledge of the backstage of theatres is fascinating.

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  • Josie
  • 01-02-21

Very enjoyable golden age crime novel

I really enjoyed this novel, it was an interesting murder to solve and I actually laughed out loud at some of the funnier bits. Overall a very good fun listen 😁

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  • Sarah D.
  • 06-10-20

Narrator change - shame

Really enjoying these books just disappointed that the narrator is changing each time. Makes it hard to get involved or have a greater understanding of the characters.