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Vintage Murder

Vintage Murder

Author(s): Ngaio Marsh

Location(s): New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): 1930s



A touring theatre company in New Zealand forms the basis of one of Marsh’s most ambitious and innovative novels.

New Zealand theatrical manager Alfred Meyer wanted to celebrate his wife’s birthday in style. The piece de résistance would be the jeroboam of champagne which would descend gently into a nest of fern and coloured lights on the table, set up on stage after the performance.

But something went horribly wrong. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn witnessed it himself. Was Meyer’s death the product of Maori superstitions? Or something much more down to earth?

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Little-read these days, Ngaio Marsh was one of the original “Queens of Crime”, along with Christie, Sayers and Allingham. Born in New Zealand, she set most of her books in Britain, but her detective,...

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