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Ngaio Marsh was a New Zealand crime fiction author. She is best known for her novels featuring the detective Roderick Alleyn. She is considered one of the four “Queens of Crime”.
Marsh was born in 1895 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
She attended school at St. Margaret’s College. While there, she showed an interest in drama and playwriting. Her love of theatre would run through her entire life. In addition to frequently using the theatre as a setting in her novels, she also produced several plays. She also had an interest in art, and continued her art education at Canterbury University College.
She moved to England for four years, but returned to New Zealand in 1932 to care for her parents. At around the same time, she began writing crime novels. Having been inspired by the early works of Agatha Christie, which she came across in England, she began writing. Her first novel, A Man Lay Dead, was published in 1934. She would go on to publish 32 novels, the last – Light Thickens - being published posthumously in 1982. Marsh also wrote an autobiography, Black Beech and Honeydew, in 1965.
Marsh split her time between England and New Zealand, and most of her writing is set in London. Four of her novels, including 1937’s Vintage Murder, are set in New Zealand, but still feature Alleyn as the protagonist.
Marsh died in February 1982 in Christchurch. She never married and had no children.