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A spa stay turns into a homicidal holiday.... A bit snobbish and a trifle high strung, Sybil Foster prides herself on owning the finest estate in Upper Quintern and hiring the best gardener.

In fact she is rapturous over the new asparagus beds when a visit from her unwelcome stepson sends her scurrying to a chic spa for a rest cure, a liaison with the spa's director...and an apparent suicide.

Her autopsy holds one surprise, a secret drawer a second. And Inspector Roderick Alleyn, CID, digging about Upper Quintern, may unearth still a third...deeply buried motive for murder.

©1978 Original Text of 1978 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"It's time to start comparing Christie to Marsh instead of the other way around." ( New York Magazine)

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  • notlad
  • 03/05/2019

Wish Audible and author would agree.

Ngaio Marsh said that her CDI's last name is pronounced Alan or Allen. These Audible books sometimes say it as Allen, sometimes as "Al lean" or "Al lane." Or like this one as "Al lain" rhythming with "pain." It's really a pain to listen to, especially if the narrator also uses a high falsetto voice for the CDI.

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  • Linda
  • 22/06/2019

Return to greatness

The main plot device has been used by other writers, but this is an interesting twist on it. This is NGs best in a long time. The narrator is generally good, but minus a star for voicing Alleyn too high.

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  • Susan
  • 14/08/2018

Jane Asher is great!

This isn't my favourite Ngaio Marsh book but it's enjoyable. But it's Jane Asher who makes it great. With numerous female characters, Jane Asher could have made this stereotypical and cloying but her narration really does the characters justice. Verity in particular is read with incredible depth. I don't even mind Asher's reading of characters who aren't English such as Gardener and Schram.

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  • Christina
  • 18/02/2018

worst narration of Rodderick Allen ever

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Narration. Narrator was excellent with female voices and ok to pretty good with some of the male voices. The central character of the series was impossible to tolerate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Grave Mistake?

hard to say because of narration

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jane Asher?

almost anyone. Nadia May, James Saxon, Phillip Franks, Hugh Fasier

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I think there was a good story under the bad narration

Any additional comments?

Please acquire this with a different narrator.

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  • J Skinner
  • 30/01/2016

Good story

Good plot & sympathetic characters. A good read--absorbing. Did get annoyed with the narrator--the foreign men's accents are not particularly convincing.

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  • birdwatchers rule
  • 08/04/2017

Story marred by narrator's choices

This is one of my favorite Ngaio Marsh books, but I did not enjoy the narration. The narrator chose to pronounce Alleyn's name so that it almost sounded like Elaine. That was persistently annoying, but I also disagree with the Voice which she chose for Alleyn. It was hard and unsympathetic, and not suiting the attractive man as Marsh portrays him. Inspector Fox's voice was also, I think, inappropriate, occasionally exhibiting elements of Cockney. Neither man came across appealingly, and one of the unattractive characters, Dr. Basil Schramm--Who was born in England--was given a European accent.

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  • Phebe
  • 16/03/2016

Superb reading of a classic British mystery

Jane Asher is so good a reader for Ngaio Marsh's "Grave Mistake" that I was sad to see all her other readings are children's books. She needs to be given adult work --- her voice characterizations are truly excellent. The Vicar's upper class! The "Brer Fox" voice, perfect for Alleyn's colleague. In fact, this excellent story has a lot to do with voice and vocal differences and that may be why this reader took it on. I wish she would read all the Ngaio Marsh books.

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  • PHC
  • 19/04/2020

Great Story.

The story itself is classic Marsh with interesting, well developed characters and an intricate puzzle mystery. The narrator, however, distracts from the enjoyment of the text in a significant way. First, she pronounces the surname of the series-long detective improperly (the proper pronunciation is widely known having been discussed by the author herself many times). Second, the narrator’s use of accents related to foreign (non-British) characters is abysmal. Two distinct characters of different ethnicities have exactly the same accent. It is literally impossible to distinguish which of these two characters is speaking by listening to the narrator. I highly recommend other Ngaio Marsh mysteries here on Audible, but would not listen to another audiobook performed by this particular narrator.

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  • Virginia
  • 15/04/2020

The narrator should at least pronounce the main character’s name correctly

This is just an average Ngaio Marsh. Superintendent Rodrick Alleyn comes across as kind of cranky in this book. He probably didn’t like Jane Asher mispronouncing his name. With that rather jarring exception, she is a good narrator.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08/09/2019

Fantastic Story & Narrator

I loved Jane Asher’s performance as narrator- she did a superb job. The story, in my opinion, was not one of Marsh’s best but Asher brought it to life. Although Allen explained how the murderer was identified, the choice of murderer seemed appeared to be rather randomly selected. Nevertheless, Grave Mistake was a good read with fascinating if not slightly exaggerated characters, a good storyline and enough intrigue to keep you reading and trying to identify the murder before Alleyn reveals him or her.