Author(s): Ngaio Marsh
Roderick Alleyn is back in this unique crime novel begun by Ngaio Marsh during the Second World War and now completed by Stella Duffy.'Hugely enjoyable'KATE MOSSEIt's business as usual for Mr Glossop as he does his regular round delivering wages to government buildings scattered across New Zealand's lonely Canterbury plains. But when his car breaks down he is stranded for the night at the isolated Mount Seager Hospital, with the telephone lines down, a storm on its way and the nearby river about to burst its banks.Trapped with him at Mount Seager are a group of quarantined soldiers with a serious case of cabin fever, three young employees embroiled in a tense love triangle, a dying elderly man, an elusive patient whose origins remain a mystery ... and a potential killer.When the payroll disappears from a locked safe and the hospital's death toll starts to rise faster than normal, can the appearance of an English detective working in counterespionage be just a lucky coincidence - or is something more sinister afoot?
`Ngaio Marsh fans rejoice! After 35 years Alleyn is back in a new mystery - and both are as good as ever.' John Curran, author of Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks ON NGAIO MARSH: `Brilliantly readable ... first class detection.' Observer `Still, quite simply, the greatest exponent of the classical English detective story.' Daily Telegraph `The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.' The Sun
Dame Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982), born in New Zealand, wrote 32 detective novels and was famously the first author to publish a million copies on a single day. Many of her stories have theatrical settings, for her real passion was the theatre. As both actress and producer, she almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre, for which she received what she called her `damery' in 1966.Stella Duffy is an acclaimed novelist and theatremaker who has twice won a prestigious CWA Dagger for her short stories and also won Stonewall Writer of the Year twice. Born in London, she spent her childhood in New Zealand, has written 17 novels, and is a co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign for greater access to culture for all, and was awarded an OBE for services to the Arts in 2016.