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Ngaio Marsh

Full Name: Ngaio Marsh
Gender: Female
Born: 1901-12-13
Died: 1982-02-18
Number of Works: 75
Of all the "Great Ladies" of the English mystery's golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh alone survived to publish in the 1980s. Over a fifty-year span, from 1932 to 1982, Marsh wrote thirty-two classic English detective novels, which gained international acclaim. She did not always see herself as a writer, but first planned a career as a painter.

Marsh's first novel, A MAN LAY DEAD (1934), which she wrote in London in 1931-32, introduced the detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn: a combination of Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey and a realistically depicted police official at work. Throughout the 1930s Marsh painted occasionally, wrote plays for local repertory societies in New Zealand, and published detective novels. In 1937 Marsh went to England for a period. Before going back to her home country, she spent six months travelling about Europe.

* Roderick Alleyn

ISBN: 0006512518, 9780006512516
Keywords: alleyn, roderick, dead, lay, man
Pages: 176
Published: 1934
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1579125786, 9781579125783
Keywords: crime, artists
Pages: 320
Published: 1938
  • Rating: 80%

It was a bizarre pose for beautiful model Sonia Gluck--and her last. For in the draperies of her couch lay a fatal dagger, and behind her murder lies all the intrigue and acid-etched temperament of an artist's colony. Called in to investigate, Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn finds his own passions unexpectedly stirred by the fiesty painter Agatha Troy--brilliant artist and suspected murderess. First published in 1938.
ISBN: 0006512577, 9780006512578
Keywords: tie, death
Pages: 352
Published: 1938
  • Rating: 80%

The Social Event of the Season Has Death on Its Guest List. No one is more popular on London's champagne-and-caviar that charming Lord Gospell. However, on the morning after the year's most glittering ball, someone finds a reason to asphyxiate "Bunchy" Gospell in a taxi headed across town. Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn is called in to find out who killed his old friend, and to cleverly unwind a tangle of murky secrets that began far from the ballroom floor.
ISBN: 0312964277, 9780312964276
Keywords: peer, death
Pages: 320
Published: 1941
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0312966709, 9780312966706
Keywords: murderer
Pages: 245
Published: 1935
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0006512410, 9780006512417
Keywords: curtain, final
Pages: 272
Published: 1947
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0006512593, 9780006512592
Keywords: constables, clutch
Pages: 256
Published: 1968
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0006512585, 9780006512585
Keywords: death, overture
Pages: 336
Published: 1939
  • Rating: 80%

It was planned as an act of charity: a new piano for the parish hall, an amusing play to finance the gift. But its execution was doomed when Miss Campanula sat down to play. A chord was struck, a shot rang out and Miss Campanula was dead. A case of sinister infatuation for the brilliant Chief Detective-Inspector Alleyn.
ISBN: 0006512372, 9780006512370
Keywords: footman, dancing, death
Pages: 352
Published: 1942
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0006512429, 9780006512424
Keywords: justice, scales
Pages: 272
Published: 1955
  • Rating: 80%