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Ngaio Marsh: A Life

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A lovingly crafted biography of New Zealand Crimewriting Queen, Ngaio Marsh who, like Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie, wrote detective fiction during mystery's goldn age. Ngaio Marsh wrote more than thirty polished English detective novels between 1934 and her death in 1982. How did she do it? To say would give away the story of her life, but those who have already met ...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published July 31st 1992)
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Dec 27, 2015 Bayneeta rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
More detail than I wanted or needed. Marsh's passions for art and the theater are not surprising as they figure heavily in her mysteries. Eventually she wrote her mysteries to to support her true love of the theater. Born in New Zealand, she didn't visit England until she was over 30, but still considered it "home," and revisited it as often and as long as she could.
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Jan 30, 2017 Samb Hicks rated it really liked it
A fine biography of a notable lady. This book does a fine job of explaining enough history about New Zealand to help one understand where and how she grew up, and goes into great detail about her career as a stage director. I was more interested in her writing career, creating the Inspector Alleyn mystery series, which is also covered and goes into detail about when she wrote each book and what it might have been inspired by in her own life. Interestingly enough, she didn't often reveal things a ...more
Aug 04, 2016 Hope rated it it was amazing
A very straightforward, work-oriented bio without pretensions to psychoanalysis. I suspect that is what 'our lady' would have preferred. Frankly, I'm shocked and impressed by Ngaio Marsh's work ethic and vigor, by the variety of her interests, and her ability to build a circle of great friends even into her seventies and eighties.
Mar 18, 2015 Carla rated it it was ok
Writing was not really to my taste and could have been better organized, but it did seem to be well researched and was about an author I appreciate so I stuck with it.
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