Imatge de l'autor

Ngaio Marsh (1895–1982)

Autor/a de A Man Lay Dead

107+ obres 28,634 Membres 588 Ressenyes 69 preferits

Sobre l'autor

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 mostra'n més 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) mostra'n menys


Obres de Ngaio Marsh

A Man Lay Dead (1934) 1,412 exemplars
Artists in Crime (1938) 1,187 exemplars
Death in a White Tie (1938) 1,108 exemplars
Enter a Murderer (1935) 1,039 exemplars
Surfeit of Lampreys (1940) 967 exemplars
Overture to Death (1939) 912 exemplars
Vintage Murder (1937) 894 exemplars
Death and the Dancing Footman (1941) 891 exemplars
The Nursing Home Murder (1935) 885 exemplars
Colour Scheme (1943) 882 exemplars
Died in the Wool (1945) 868 exemplars
Death at the Bar (1940) 867 exemplars
Death in Ecstasy (1936) 858 exemplars
Clutch of Constables (1968) 835 exemplars
Opening Night (1951) 817 exemplars
Final Curtain (1947) 804 exemplars
Hand in Glove (1962) 789 exemplars
Off With His Head (1956) 783 exemplars
Light Thickens (1982) 781 exemplars
Scales of Justice (1955) 776 exemplars
Tied Up in Tinsel (1971) 764 exemplars
When in Rome (1970) 760 exemplars
Singing in the Shrouds (1958) 746 exemplars
Grave Mistake (1978) 744 exemplars
Dead Water (1963) 740 exemplars
False Scent (1960) — Autor — 732 exemplars
Swing, Brother, Swing (1949) 713 exemplars
Last Ditch (1977) 697 exemplars
Killer Dolphin (1966) 689 exemplars
Spinsters in Jeopardy (1954) 688 exemplars
Photo Finish (1980) 674 exemplars
Black As He's Painted (1973) 670 exemplars
Money in the Morgue (2018) 103 exemplars
Death in a White Tie [abridged] (2008) 27 exemplars
Artists in crime [abridged] (2008) 22 exemplars
Collected Short Mysteries (1989) 21 exemplars
Scales of justice [abridged] (1955) 20 exemplars
New Zealand (1942) 19 exemplars
The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: The Complete Series (2007) — Autor — 14 exemplars
A Play Toward (1946) 5 exemplars
Death on the Air (1936) 4 exemplars
The Little Copplestone Mystery (1973) 3 exemplars
Ngaio Marsh 2 exemplars
Play Production (1960) 1 exemplars
The Christmas tree 1 exemplars
Death in the garden 1 exemplars
Morepork [short fiction] (1979) 1 exemplars
Evil Liver [short fiction] (1975) 1 exemplars
Moonshine [short fiction] (1936) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

English Country House Murders (1989) — Col·laborador — 489 exemplars
The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Col·laborador — 403 exemplars
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Col·laborador — 298 exemplars
A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women (2000) — Col·laborador — 268 exemplars
A Treasury of Great Mysteries, Volumes 1-2 (1957) — Col·laborador — 267 exemplars
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Col·laborador — 193 exemplars
A Treasury of Great Mysteries, Volume 2 (1957) — Col·laborador — 188 exemplars
Murder by the Book: Mysteries for Bibliophiles (2021) — Col·laborador — 177 exemplars
The Folio Book of Christmas Crime Stories (2004) — Col·laborador — 118 exemplars
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (2020) — Col·laborador — 108 exemplars
Murder for Christmas, Vol. 2 (1982) — Col·laborador — 89 exemplars
Fifty Best Mysteries (1991) — Col·laborador — 73 exemplars
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Col·laborador — 71 exemplars
Dead in the Water (1994) — Traductor, algunes edicions67 exemplars
Great Tales of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Col·laborador — 63 exemplars
Three Times Three: A Mystery Omnibus (1964) — Col·laborador — 57 exemplars
A Century of British Mystery and Suspense (2000) — Col·laborador — 56 exemplars
The Arbor House Treasury of Mystery and Suspense (1981) — Col·laborador — 52 exemplars
Chapter and Hearse: Suspense Stories about the World of Books (1985) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
Bodies from the Library 3 (2020) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
Bodies from the Library 4 (2021) — Col·laborador — 31 exemplars
Murder Takes a Holiday (2020) — Col·laborador — 29 exemplars
Great detective stories (1998) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Deadlier: 100 of the Best Crime Stories Written by Women (2017) — Col·laborador — 20 exemplars
Dangerous Ladies (1992) — Col·laborador — 8 exemplars
Christchurch : the city in literature (2003) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars
En Kriminelt god jul : femten svarte julefortellinger (2006) — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Detective Omnibus — Col·laborador — 6 exemplars
Verdens største detektiver II (1995) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Some Like Them Dead (1960) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Verdens største detektiver I (1995) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars
The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: The Complete Second Series (2006) — Original book — 2 exemplars
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
RDCBLP v086 The Horse Whisperer | Death on the Air (1993) — Autor — 2 exemplars
Murder for Christmas [audio abridgement] (1989) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom oficial
Marsh, Dame Edith Ngaio
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc d'enterrament
Church of the Holy Innocents Churchyard Peel Forest, Timaru District, Canterbury, New Zealand
New Zealand
Lloc de naixement
Christchurch, New Zealand
Lloc de defunció
Christchurch, New Zealand
Llocs de residència
England, UK
Christchurch, New Zealand
St. Margaret's College (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Canterbury College (School of Art)
theatrical producer
interior decorator
detective novelist
Detection Club
Premis i honors
Order of the British Empire (Dame Commander, 1966)
MWA Grand Master (1978)
Biografia breu
Ngaio Marsh was the pen name of Edith Ngaio Marsh, born in Christchurch, New Zealand to English immigrants. Her name, pronounced "ny-o," was a Maori word meaning "reflections on the water." She attended the private St. Margaret’s College, where she showed an aptitude for acting and writing, producing poetry, prose and plays.

In 1913 she entered Canterbury College School of Art and left in 1919 in order to become a professional painter. The opportunity to tour with the Allan Wilkie Shakespeare Company delayed her plans until later in the 1920s. In 1928, Marsh made her first visit to England, where she worked in the theatre, interior design, and travel writing. She began writing novels and soon embarked on a prolific crime-writing career. In 1934, she published A Man Lay Dead, featuring the very English Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn. During World War II, she served in a New Zealand Red Cross Transport Unit, driving repatriated soldiers in a hospital bus. By the 1950s, Marsh was considered a “Queen of Crime” along with Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Marsh was passionately attached to her native country and returned to live in New Zealand but made frequent trips to England and other countries. She became a leader of the New Zealand theatre, mounting numerous Shakespeare plays. In her career, Ngaio Marsh wrote 32 novels and an autobiography, Black Beech and Honeydew (1965). She never married. Margaret Lewis wrote an authorized biography, Ngaio Marsh, A Life in 1991. New Zealand art historian Joanne Drayton's biography, Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime, was published in 2008.



The very dignified unrequited passion as a subplot to the murder mystery is classic.
drthubbie | Hi ha 32 ressenyes més | May 26, 2024 |
She had written a very similar plot earlier in the series. Still some very good lines though.
drthubbie | Hi ha 23 ressenyes més | May 26, 2024 |
Cozy Golden Age mystery, set in a country house party. The guests and host engage in the parlor game of "Murder." One of them is secretly chosen as the murderer. A pretend crime will be committed and investigated. However, the murder is very real, and Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives to investigate.

Nice setting and adequate characterization of the suspects, but in terms of mystery plotting this can't compete with Agatha Christie. We don't follow the investigation that closely, as if that weren't the main interest of the writer, and the plot meanders into the nonsensical with a side-plot about Russian criminal brotherhoods. It also seems a bit strange that a police detective would use some of the suspects as his helpers, no matter how much he has discarded them as potential murderers.… (més)
jcm790 | Hi ha 51 ressenyes més | May 26, 2024 |
An improvement over the first book, with none of the nonsensical side plots. Again, nice setting (the theater world appears to be a big interest of the writer's) and adequate characterization of the suspects, but in terms of mystery plotting this still is not at the level of the great Agatha Christie.
jcm790 | Hi ha 25 ressenyes més | May 26, 2024 |



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