New Zealand

Death in Ecstasy

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

The victim was a deeply religious initiate who had trained for a month for her last ceremony. She was also a very beautiful woman. But Cara Quayne had provoked lust, jealousy - and murder. Roderick Alleyn suspected that more evil still lurked behind the Sign of the Sacred Flame.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512542
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2001
1936

Death in a White Tie

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

A body in the back of a taxi begins an elegantly constructed mystery, perhaps the finest of Marsh's 1930s novels. The season had begun. Debutantes and chaperones were planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, balls. And the blackmailer was planning his strategies, stalking his next victim. But Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn knew that something was up. He had already planted his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene. But someone else got there first...

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512577
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
1938
1999

Death at the Dolphin

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

The restoration of a bombed-out London theatre ends in violent death -- and one of Marsh's most vivid and dramatic novels When the bombed-out Dolphin Theatre is given to Peregrine Jay by a mysterious wealthy patron, he is overjoyed. And when the mysterious oil millionaire also gives him a glove that belonged to Shakespeare, Peregrine displays it in the dockside theatre and writes a successful play about it. But then a murder takes place, a boy is attacked, the glove is stolen. Could it be that oil and water don't mix? Inspector Roderick Alleyn is determined to find out.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
Special Interests: 
Theatre
ISBN: 
0006167918
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
1989
1967

Death at the Bar

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

A classic Ngaio Marsh novel in which a game of darts in an English pub has gruesome consequences. At the Plume of Feathers in south Devon one midsummer evening, eight people are gathered together in the tap-room. They are in the habit of playing darts, but on this occasion an experiment takes the place of the usual game -- a fatal experiment which calls for investigation. A distinguished painter, a celebrated actor, a woman graduate, a plump lady from County Clare, and a Devonshire farmer all play their parts in the unravelling of the problem...

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512356
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2000
1940

Death and the Dancing Footman

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

It began as an entertainment: eight people, many of them enemies, gathered for a winter weekend as guests of a host with a love for theatre. Everybody had an alibi - and most a motive as well. But for Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn the case rested on the dancing footman.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512372
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
1999
1942

Dead Water

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

A quirky Roderick Alleyn mystery about faith, greed -- and murder. Times are good in the Cornish village of Portcarrow, as hundreds of unfortunates flock to taste the miraculous waters of Pixie Falls. Then Miss Emily Pride inherits the celebrated land on which Portcarrow stands and wants to put an end to the villagers' thriving trade in miracle cures, especially Miss Elspeth Costs's gift shop. But someone puts an end to Miss Cost herself, and Miss Pride's guardian angel, Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, finds himself on the spot in both senses of the word...

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512496
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2000
1964

Colour Scheme

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Often regarded as her most interesting book and set on New Zealand's North Island, Ngaio Marsh herself considered this to be her best-written novel. It was a horrible death -- Maurice Questing was lured into a pool of boiling mud and left there to die. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, far from home on a wartime quest for German agents, knew that any number of people could have killed him: the English exiles he'd hated, the New Zealanders he'd despised or the Maoris he'd insulted. Even the spies he'd thwarted -- if he wasn't a spy himself...

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512380
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
1999
1943

Clutch of Constables

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

A classic Ngaio Marsh novel which features blood-curdling murders in the confines of a riverboat, the Zodiac, cruising through Constable country. 'He looks upon the murders that he did in fact perform as tiresome and regrettable necessities,' reflected Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn on the international crook known as 'the Jampot'. But it was Alleyn's wife Troy who knew 'the Jampot' best: she had shared close quarters with him on the tiny pleasure steamer Zodiac on a cruise along the peaceful rivers of 'Constable country'.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006167918
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
1989
1968

Black As He's Painted

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

One of Ngaio Marsh's most popular novels, this time featuring one of her best creations -- Lucy Lockett, the crime-solving cat. When the exuberant president of Ng'ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old school mate, Chief Superintendent Alleyn, is called in to persuade him otherwise. Consequently, on the night of the embassy's reception the house and grounds are stiff with police.

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512283
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2000
1974

Artists in Crime

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

One of Ngaio Marsh's most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy. It started as a student exercise, the knife under the drape, the model's pose chalked in place. But before Agatha Troy, artist and instructor, returns to the class, the pose has been re-enacted in earnest: the model is dead, fixed for ever in one of the most dramatic poses Troy has ever seen. It's a difficult case for Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn. How can he believe that the woman he loves is a murderess? And yet no one can be above suspicion...

Sub Genre: 
Classics
ISBN: 
0006512569
Series: 
Roderick Alleyn
Publisher: 
Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 
2000
1938