Author(s): Ngaio Marsh
Roderick Alleyn is back in this unique crime novel begun by Ngaio Marsh during the Second World War and now completed by Stella Duffy.'Hugely enjoyable'KATE MOSSEIt's business as usual for Mr Glossop as he does his regular round delivering wages to government buildings scattered across New Zealand's lonely Canterbury plains. But when his car breaks down he is stranded for the night at the isolated Mount Seager Hospital, with the telephone lines down, a storm on its way and the nearby river about to burst its banks.Trapped with him at Mount Seager are a group of quarantined soldiers with a serious case of cabin fever, three young employees embroiled in a tense love triangle, a dying elderly man, an elusive patient whose origins remain a mystery ... and a potential killer.When the 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 is something more sinister afoot?
`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 was born in New Zealand in 1895 and died in February 1982. She wrote over 30 detective novels and many of her stories have theatrical settings, for Ngaio Marsh's real passion was the theatre. She was both an actress and producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre. It was for this work that the received what she called her `damery' in 1966.Stella Duffy is a highly acclaimed novelist and theatremaker who was born in London and spent her childhood in New Zealand. She has written 16 novels, both literary and crime, as well as fifty short stories and ten plays. She is the founder and Co-Director of the Fun Palaces campaign, and was awarded an OBE for services to the arts.