Ngaio Marsh


Born
in Christchurch, New Zealand
April 23, 1895

Died
February 18, 1982

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Dame Ngaio Marsh, born Edith Ngaio Marsh, was a New Zealand crime writer and theatre director. There is some uncertainty over her birth date as her father neglected to register her birth until 1900, but she was born in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Of all the "Great Ladies" of the English mystery's golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh alone survived to publish in the 1980s. Over a fifty-year span, from 1932 to 1982, Marsh wrote thirty-two classic English detective novels, which gained international acclaim. She did not always see herself as a writer, but first planned a career as a painter.

Marsh's first novel, A MAN LAY DEAD (1934), which she wrote in London in 1931-32, introdu
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4.02 avg rating — 8,012 ratings — published 1938 — 53 editions
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Death of a Peer (Roderick A...

3.99 avg rating — 6,852 ratings — published 1940 — 38 editions
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Enter a Murderer (Roderick ...

3.81 avg rating — 5,183 ratings — published 1935 — 55 editions
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Clutch of Constables (Roder...

4.11 avg rating — 4,094 ratings — published 1968 — 38 editions
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Scales of Justice (Roderick...

3.98 avg rating — 3,607 ratings — published 1955 — 44 editions
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Final Curtain (Roderick All...

3.99 avg rating — 3,845 ratings — published 1947 — 43 editions
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Overture to Death (Roderick...

3.92 avg rating — 3,507 ratings — published 1939 — 49 editions
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Death and the Dancing Footm...

3.96 avg rating — 3,230 ratings — published 1941 — 41 editions
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“Above all things -- read. Read the great stylists who cannot be copied rather than the successful writers who must not be copied.”
Ngaio Marsh, Death on the Air and Other Stories

“We do not wait for inspiration. We work because we've jolly well got to. But when all is said and done, we toil at this particular job because it's turned out to be our particular job, and in a weird sort of way I suppose we may be said to like it.”
Ngaio Marsh, Ngaio Marsh: A Life

“You may be able to write a novel, you may not. You will never know until you have worked very hard indeed and written at least part of it. You will never really know until you have written the whole of it and submitted it for publication.”
Ngaio Marsh, Death on the Air and Other Stories

Polls

December 2018 Runners-Up General Poll

The books that make up this poll are the Runners-Up (second place*) from the 2018 Subgenre Polls.

*Exceptions as follows:
- The January/February selection is the 4th place runner-up since at the time the top three books were read as Group Reads.
- The April selection is the 5th place runner-up since the top three books were read as Group Reads in August and the 4th place runner-up was the winner of the July Subgenre Poll.
- The September selection is the 4th place runner-up since the third place runner-up was also the third place runner-up in November and being used as the November selection.
- The October selection is the 4th place runner-up as we selected the top three books to read with no Subgenre selection.

We ask that you only vote if you are planning on participating in our discussion should your choice win.

Which Crime, Mystery, or Thriller book would you like to read in December?

Dead Simple (Roy Grace, #1) (November) by Peter James
 
  9 votes, 17.3%

 
  8 votes, 15.4%

A Man Lay Dead (Roderick Alleyn, #1) (June) by Ngaio Marsh
 
  7 votes, 13.5%

The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1) (August) by Laurie R. King
 
  7 votes, 13.5%

 
  6 votes, 11.5%

Night School (Roy Grace #1) (November) by Lee Child
 
  5 votes, 9.6%

 
  4 votes, 7.7%

 
  4 votes, 7.7%

The Third Victim (Quincy & Rainie, #2) (May) by Lisa Gardner
 
  2 votes, 3.8%

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