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Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime - by Joanne Drayton

Hardback in very good condition

While Ngaio Marsh had a larger than life public persona, she was fiercely protective of her private life. No one knows better how to cover tracks with red herrings and remove incriminating evidence than a crime fiction writer. This fascinating biography of Ngaio Marsh pieces together both the public and private Marsh in a way that is as riveting as a crime novel. Through Marsh's writing and her theatre productions and publications, Joanne Drayton assembles the peices to the puzzle that is Ngaio Marsh. Proving that life can be as thrilling as fiction. Marsh wrote her fist detective novel in a London flat in the depths of the 1930's Depression. In 'A Man Lay Dead' she broght to life dectective Inspector Roderick Alleyn. through thirty-two novels he would establish himself as one of the great super-sleuths, and Marsh as one of four Queens of Godlen Age dectitive fiction writing, alongside Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Margery Allingham.
One of the celebrated 1930s and 40s "Queens of Crime' Ngaio Marsh was probably our first million copy author.She was also seriously in love with the theatre, and her triumphant return to New Zealand to establish the Court Theatre in Christchurch saw her feted and honored with the title dame of the British Empire. With her coterie of 'luvvies' the handsome gay boys who were a part of her entourage and her protégés in many fields of the arts, and her impeccable landed gentry upbringing,
There was another story to be told, a much more textured, rich and fascinating story, of a young woman of ambiguous sexuality who reveled in the abandon of the Bohemian Riviera, whose spurned suitor committed suicide and whose scintillating murder mysteries all took their inspiration, setting or characters from the heady life she enjoyed as a member of the in set in England,
Ngaio Marsh comes to life and finally steps out from behind the cardboard cutout of respectability and decorum.
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