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.
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 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.