Ngaio Marsh

A Companion to the Mystery Fiction


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About the Book

Considered one of the “Queens of Crime”—along with such greats as Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Margery Allingham—Ngaio Marsh (1895–1982) was a gifted writer and a celebrated author of classic British detective fiction, as well as a successful theater director. Best known for the 32 detective novels she published between 1934 and 1982, she received the Order of the British Empire in 1948 and was made a Dame of the British Empire (DBE) in 1966. Based on years of original research by the curator of the Ngaio Marsh House in Christchurch, New Zealand, this book explores the fascinating literary world of Dame Ngaio.

About the Author(s)

Bruce Harding is the curator of the Ngaio Marsh House in New Zealand and a senior fellow in the English department at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell, an Agatha Award winner, is managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection.

Bibliographic Details

Bruce Harding

Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6032-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3719-8
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  xi
Preface  1
Organization of the Companion  7
Marsh’s Works in Chronological Order  9
Marsh’s Works in Alphabetical Order  11
A Brief Biography  13
A Career Chronology  15
The Companion  19
Interviews with Dame Ngaio Marsh  171
Annotated Bibliography  185
Index  203

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Harding offers the first book-length study of [Marsh]….[He] treats all of her plots and provides an in-depth review of Inspector Alleyn…Harding’s loyalty is evident…insightful study of this entertaining author…recommended”—Choice.Reviews of the Series: “The McFarland Companion series…has been consistently excellent, both in its choice of subjects and its quality of scholarship and writing”—Mystery Scene