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The only collection of Ngaio Marsh's short stories, published to celebrate her centenary.Contents: IntroductionEssays: Roderick AlleynPortrait of TroyCases of Roderick Alleyn [list]Short cases of Roderick Alleyn: Death on the airI can find my way outChapter and verse: the little Copplestone mysteryOther stories: Hand in the sandCupid mirrorFool about moneyMoreporkTelescripThe only collection of Ngaio Marsh's short stories, published to celebrate her centenary.Contents: IntroductionEssays: Roderick AlleynPortrait of TroyCases of Roderick Alleyn [list]Short cases of Roderick Alleyn: Death on the airI can find my way outChapter and verse: the little Copplestone mysteryOther stories: Hand in the sandCupid mirrorFool about moneyMoreporkTelescript: Evil liverComments: the case with five solutionsNewly discovered: The figure quoted....

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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Death on the Air and Other Stories Reviews

  • Damaskcat
    2019-05-26 16:38

    I had never read any short stories by Ngaio Marsh until I came across this book and I really enjoyed reading them. Her short stories are just as well crafted as her novels. The plots are intriguing and the characters never less than convincing. Some of the stories are only a few pages - others are longer and one - 'Evil Liver' - is in the form of a script for a television programme.My particular favourites are 'Chapter and Verse: The Little Copplestone Mystery' which involves a Bible and a coded message and the last 'story' in the book which is in the form of a letter to a budding author which could be useful for anyone bent on writing books and which anyone who has tried to write will appreciate. It is full of humour and will cause any writer to wince in sympathy.This book, which includes short pieces by the author about how she came to create the characters of Roderick Alleyn and Agatha Troy which will be of interest to anyone who likes to know authors work.

  • Ann
    2019-05-21 15:29

    This is an excellent sampler of Ms. Marsh's talent. It contains several stories which include Inspector Alleyn and his wife Troy. This collection was put out in celebration of Ngaio Marsh's 100th birthday and would be a great book to introduce a reader to the amazing talent she had.

  • Eustacia Tan
    2019-05-06 11:17

    3.5 stars, rounded up to 4Finally read this! Chose it because it was the only non-audiobook Book from Ngaio Marsh that the NLB had.I skipped over the introduction (stopped when they mentioned she writes better than Agatha Christie because I do not need to have inflated expectations) and dove straight into the stories.The first two 'stories' are Ngaio Marsh discussing two of her recurring characters - Alleyn and Troy. It was interesting but I don't know them so I wasn't emotionally engaged.And then it was time for the short stories. On the whole, I enjoyed them, although the shorter short stories were a bit confusing. Perhaps it's because of the constraints of length (or lack of), but with the short stories, I had trouble understanding how a deduction was reached. A lot of the time, it felt like a hunch or a natural series of events rather than a deduction. But they were still enjoyable.Two stories that I particularly liked were:Chapter and Verse: concerning an old family Bible that hints at murders having been committed. The only problem is that the victims never existed!The Cupid Mirror: great twist at the end, won't say anymore so I won't spoil it.The last story is a screenplay which was actually more exciting than I thought. I'm not very fond of screenplays, but this one held my attention. It's about the trial of the murder of the dog and both the plaintiff and the defendant are unpleasant characters and the case was very ambiguous, which made for a head-scratcher.The last entry is her advice to a young person who wants to be a writer. The parts concerning publishing companies are out of date, but the rest of the letter was really good (especially her reply to the offer to write a book together).On the whole, I don't think that starting with a collection of short stories was a good idea, but I enjoyed the book and I definitely would read a full-length novel starring Alleyn if I had the chance.This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  • John Beckett
    2019-05-10 13:32

    I can find my way out is highly recommended before reading Opening Night / Night at the Vulcan.I enjoyed every story. The non-Alleyn stories has endings that are clipped, but don't really require an extended denouement. I may have enjoyed this book more because the short stories are written in a manner that is different than her novels. The essays would be enjoyable due to the phrasing alone.

  • So-Cal Reader
    2019-05-21 14:12

    Short stories and a play. Some of the stories are quit good and others were not to my taste. I did thoroughly enjoy the play!

  • Robyn
    2019-05-24 12:39

    Montana Library2Go | A mixed bag, some better than others, and of various styles and even genres. | The title story was the first Marsh I read, and was my introduction to her, as it was included in a short story collection. There are a couple of Roderick Alleyn stories here, but the vast majority of the tales do not have him present at all. Some are not mysteries, one is a screenplay with no resolution (a courtroom drama, it was aired with the intent that the audience should decide guilt or innocence), one is nonfiction with no resolution, and many are so short that there isn't time to create false trails or land suspicion on more than the one guilty party. Some authors are better at the short story format than others, and with mysteries that's even more challenging. I have to say that in my opinion, Marsh is not the best with it. I should add that every one of her books I've read so far has been very transparent to me, so this is not a surprise in my opinion. Those who find her plots at all mysterious or challenging may find this to be a four-star book, but I cannot award it more than three.

  • Morag Gray
    2019-05-04 16:15

    This review is for the audio version, narrated by Ric Jerrom. This is a collection of short writings by Ngaio Marsh - explanations of the development of Roderick Alleyn and Agatha Troy as characters, three stories featuring them, a handful of other short stories, an episode of Crown Court and a letter to a would-be writer. It is an eclectic mix, and on the whole I enjoyed them. The letter to the would-be writer, "My poor boy" is a brilliant piece of advice and as relevant today as it was when writeen, over fifty years ago. The Alleyn stories were classic detective stories, all enjoyable and with good twists. On the whole, Ric Jerrom read well. I went off him, though, in "Morepork" and "Evil Liver." Many of his characters were loud and shouty, notably his Scottish judge, the Major and the Northern lawyer in "Evil Liver." Apart from the Major, the voices did not add to the story at all. In "Morepork" his New Zealanders all had Australian accents. Grrr.

  • Coco
    2019-05-25 11:12

    This was a great little collection of short stories by Ngaio Marsh. I listened to these while traveling for work. It was my second attempt at audiobooks in the car and I found the mystery format to be a bit more difficult than general fiction, so I am not sure how thoroughly I will remember these books down the line. (Which is fine, because it will give me a reason to re-read them!) I loved the narrator from this edition, though, and if given a choice I will forevermore be read to by a British lady. It was a beautiful recording to listen to, even if some of the details did get lost to my navigational distractions. An especially interesting component of this collection were the two "biographies" one of Alleyn and one of Troy, included by Marsh, in which she tells the stories of her two primary characters. Very interesting. Also included is a (screen)play, which while initially more difficult to follow in audio-form actually turned out to to be an enjoyable story.

  • Hannah
    2019-04-28 10:35

    It was surprising to find that, with the exception of Night at the Vulcan, I enjoyed this collection of short stories and essays more than all the other Marsh novels that I have read so far!Of the collection, I particularly enjoyed the short essay on the background to the creation of Roderick Alleyn, as well as "I Can Find My Way Out" and the crossword puzzle story (the title escapes me at the moment). The essay really allowed me to get to know Ngaio Marsh somewhat as a person, and she sounds like a witty, down-to-earth person that would have been interesting to know. The two short stories that I mentioned were written particularly well, and rather more 'mystery' style than some of her novels, which tend to get distracted by the intracacies of her characters' relationships."Death on the Air" was a decent inclusion, as well as "Evil Livers", laid out in script format from the TV series. Definitely worth a read.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-03 18:10

    When I enjoy an author, I find myself curious about their background, their story. And usually, finding out more about them, makes me like them more. This was entirely the case for this audio book. The first section gave a background on Ngaio Marsh and her main 2 characters of her books (Alleyn and Troy). After learning more about her, I found I enjoyed the stories that followed and ones I have read in the past even more. And dare I say, perhaps more than Agatha Christie?! (it took me a bit longer to finish this book because it came due at the library before I had finished it and I had to wait 2 weeks for it to be available again. Well worth finishing though).

  • Gloria
    2019-05-15 18:29

    I only read "Death on the Air" in another short-story anthology.A very cantankerous and mean man is found with his fingers burnt, holding onto a radio. Through process of elimination, the detective days it was the secretary. Then a confession/suicide note comes.Who done it? (view spoiler)[ The doctor. He called in the detective but couldn't let an innocent man take the rap. He switched the buttons so that the deceased would complete the current and die. He thought it would be easy to say he died of a stroke, but the burns foiled that plan.(hide spoiler)]

  • Carol Evans
    2019-05-25 11:26

    I do think that people who already know and enjoy Marsh’s writing will definitely want to read this collection. It could also serve as a nice introduction, both to her Inspector Alleyn and to her style.

  • Elena
    2019-05-07 16:17

    While interesting stories, I think I prefer Marsh's novels to short stories. I think she needs more room to develop the characters and plot. The stories felt compressed and more like just the clever puzzle type of mystery. I did like her pieces about the origins of Alleyn and Troy, however.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-09 11:34

    While most of these stories are little more than anecdotes, rather than full-blown mysteries, this is a readable collection, and particularly interesting for Marsh's explanation of the background and development of the characters of Alleyn and Troy.

  • Susan
    2019-05-12 16:09


  • Bernadette
    2019-05-14 14:24

    I can't believe I was unfamiliar with Ngaio Marsh, and this compilation of short stories with a wonderful introduction.

  • Alec Peche
    2019-05-04 15:28

    I think that I am not suited to older mystery books. The book was slow and the happenings too convenient.

  • Jay
    2019-05-21 17:33

    If you have not yet met Ngaio Marsh, this is a delightful way to do so. If you are a Marsh fan, this audiobook, beautifully read, is a wonderful way to revisit acquaintance.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-17 14:23

    Worthwhile reading for Marsh fans, especially for the chapters on how she came to create Alleyn and Troy.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-06 16:21

    My favorite short was the non-detecting, personal "My Poor Boy: advice to a young author" because of its loving encouragement to one embarking on a new adventure.

  • Linda Badcock
    2019-05-20 11:34

    what a joy to find a Ngaio Marsh book that I haven't read before! This one is a book of short stories, essays and a television script.

  • Denise Dougherty
    2019-05-05 17:30

    Got bored and abandoned...