Author(s): Ngaio Marsh & Stella Duffy
Roderick Alleyn is back in this unique crime novel begun by Ngaio Marsh during the Second World War and now completed by Stella Duffy. Mr Glossop is on his regular run delivering wages to the hospitals scattered across New Zealand's Canterbury plains. When his car breaks down, he is forced to stay the night at Mount Seager Hospital, twenty miles from the nearest town, where soldiers recovering from scarlet fever are giving the nursing staff a hard time. When Mr Glossop's payroll disappears from a locked safe and the hospital's death toll starts to rise faster than normal, can the appearance of an English detective working in counterespionage be just a lucky coincidence or an indication that something more sinister is afoot? Renowned with Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham as one of the four Golden Age `Crime Queens', Ngaio Marsh published 32 novels featuring Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn between 1934 and her death in 1982. In 1945 she put aside a new book, Money in the Morgue, after writing just the opening chapters. Stella Duffy's masterful completion of this unfinished novel celebrates both the style and substance of Dame Ngaio's accomplished storytelling and will delight both fans of the Alleyn Mysteries and new readers who through this book are about to discover them for the first time...
`Ngaio Marsh fans rejoice! After 35 years Alleyn is back in a new mystery - and both are as good as ever.' John Curran, author of Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks ON NGAIO MARSH: `Brilliantly readable ... first class detection.' Observer `Still, quite simply, the greatest exponent of the classical English detective story.' Daily Telegraph `The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.' The Sun
Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982), born in New Zealand, wrote 32 detective novels and was famously the first author to publish a million copies on a single day. Many of her stories have theatrical settings, for her real passion was the theatre. As both actress and producer, she almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre, for which she received what she called her `damery' in 1966.Stella Duffy is an acclaimed novelist and theatremaker who has twice won a prestigious CWA Dagger for her short stories and also won Stonewall Writer of the Year twice. Born in London, she spent her childhood in New Zealand, has written 17 novels, and is a co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign for greater access to culture for all, and was awarded an OBE for services to the Arts in 2016.