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Vintage murder
Marsh, Ngaio, 1895-1982.
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New York : Aeonian, 1976.

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272 pages : [1] pages including frontispiece (plan) ; 23 cm
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Ngaio Marsh was born on April 23, 1895 in Christchurch, New Zealand. She attended St. Mary's College and Canterbury University.

She worked in the theater acting, producing, and even painting scenery. She was a partner in an interior decorating business in England from 1928 to 1932. She later returned to New Zealand and produced plays for a Shakespearean repertory company. She also worked with the Drama Department of Canterbury University. During World War II, she served in the New Zealand Red Cross Transport Unit. She traveled to England frequently and founded the British Commonwealth Theatre Company in 1949.

Her first novel, A Man Lay Dead, was published in 1934. She wrote more than 40 books including the Roderick Alleyn Mysteries series and Black Beech and Honeydew. She also wrote theatrical and television plays. She was named to the Order of the British Empire in 1949 and was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1966. The Mystery Writers of America named her a Grand Master in 1977.

She died on February 18, 1982 at the age of 82.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

This vintage mystery, featuring inspector Roderick Alleyn, is remarkably fresh for a novel written in 1936. References to a sea voyage and a character's racial slur directed at a Maori doctor are about the only things that date it. Marsh's series character Alleyn (of Scotland Yard) has gone to New Zealand to vacation and recuperate from a work-related injury. It is no surprise when he becomes involved in the intrigues of a British theater troupe traveling along the same route (and in the same conveyances). A near accident on the train is passed off as just that; but when a celebratory stunt involving a huge bottle of champagne at an after-theater party turns deadly, Alleyn finds that the police in the small New Zealand town are very glad that he was at the scene. Reader James Saxon demonstrates his experience and versatility, conquering a variety of dialects of both Britishers and New Zealanders. This is a production that completely captures the moods of the characters and the atmosphere of the country. A good selection for larger collections and essential for libraries with others in the series.ÄMelody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.