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Overture to Death - Ngaio Marsh
1939 English hardcover first edition 1st impression published by Collins Crime Club, London
A Haycraft Queen Cornerstone
A VG (scattered foxing) book in 7/6 unclipped RESTORED dust jacket
The book is tight and square, scattered tanning spots to edges, small neat name to endpaper
The jacket has been restored to the highest standards and is not immediately obvious on the shelf
Chiefly to the top of the spine. Unclipped at 7/6, as called for, clean and bright

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An important book and a solid copy, notwithstanding the foxing, which has always attracted a very high price when offered for sale

Offered here at a fraction of that cost, probably a once in a lifetime opportunity thus
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Died in the Wool written by Ngaio Marsh
1945 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
The book is solid and tight with square spine
Small neat name and 1945 date to endpaper
The jacket has some edge wear to extremities, nice looking and still solid

A nice copy and it's some time since I've seen a true English edition
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Singing in the Shrouds - Ngaio Marsh
1958 English hardcover first edition 1st impression published by Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
A clean and solid book, no names or stamps etc, tight and square
The jacket is clean and tidy, a few light marks to rear panel, light rubs to edges

Synopsis
A Roderick Alleyn murder mystery

A nice clean collectable first edition and a bargain
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When in Rome Written by Ngaio Marsh
1970 UK hardback first edition, first impression published by Collins Crime Club in London
A VG+ book in unclipped dust jacket
The book has one age tan mark to endpaper otherwise clean tidy and solid, no names or stamps etc
The jacket clean and bright just light weat to spine top

A collectable first edition and a fabulous birthday or Christmas gift for a fan of the Inspector Alleyn Mysteries
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Surfeit of Lampreys - Ngaio Marsh
1941 UK hardback first edition 1st impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG indeed book with price clipped dust jacket
A solid tightly bound book, neat name and date on publication - Feb 1941
The jacket has very shallow loss to spine ends ad tips else complete. Shelf wear to edges and creases
This period is scarce due to paper shortages at the time - also this is a 'fat format' book
A solid copy of a classic mystery title with the well known Stead jacket
Cheap as well ! !
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Final Curtain
1947 UK hardback first edition, first impression. Collins Crime Club, London
A VG book, no names, inscription etc, light scattered spotting
In unclipped dustwrapper, fade to spine as always, rubbing and wear to edges, marks to front and rear panel
An uncommon book in jacket
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Ngaio Marsh - Last Ditch
1977 English hardcover first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club
Book has no names or inscriptions, some light scattered edge tanning
The jacket is price clipped and has a little tanning
Roderick and Troy Allen investigate a mystery in the Channel Islands
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Ngaio Marsh - Black as He's Painted
1974 English hardback 1st edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club
A VG++ book in like price clipped dustcover
Book has no names or inscriptions, light tan spots
The jacket is price clipped with no loss, clean
Roderick and Troy Allen find theselves mixing with politicians and ambassadors
A decent and solid collectable copy and a bargain !
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Paperback ~ Softcover ~ Bargain Books

Opening Night - written by New Zealand author - Ngaio Marsh
1956 UK first Pan paperback edition
Clean covers, solid binding, light page tan,

What this Book is About
The victim is an alcoholic actor and the scene of crime a theatre dressing room, the suspects are the fellow actors in the cast, his wife and lover ! It's Roderick Alleyn's job to sort it out - one of the classic titles.

A vintage copy and a scarce title.
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The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh and Henry Jellett
1955 UK Penguin paperback later edition
Clean covers, solid binding, light page tan - featuring Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard

A classic Golden Age detective novel, her third book originally published in 1935. Now out of print
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Off With His Head - Ngaio Marsh
1959 UK 1st Fontana paperback edition published in London
A solid reading copy
Still tight, slight lean and rubs to edges, great period artwork

Quality crime fiction ! Superintendent Roderick Alleyn investigates a macabre tragedy involving ancient and mysterious country rituals
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Ngaio Marsh - Artists in Crime
1949 UK Penguin paperback later edition
A solid and tight copy, slight lean to spine and signs of ageing

One of her most famous murder mysteries, which introduces Inspector Alleyn to his future wife, the irrepressible Agatha Troy.

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Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
1955 UK Penguin paperback later edition published London
A solid copy, usual light age tan

Inspector Alleyn is involved in another complex mystery involving stage props and murder !

A nice tight tidy book
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A Man Lay Dead - Ngaio Marsh
1979 UK Fontana paperback later edition, London
A solid reading copy, cover tanning but still tightly bound

A weekend murder game in a country house goes badly wrong and Inspector Alleyn of Scotland Yard is on the case!

A solid copy of the author's first book
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Enter a Murderer
1958 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
A solid and tightly bound book
Inspector Alleyn saves his friend Nigel's life on stage !

A solid reading copy of the author's 2nd book and an absolute classic
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Surfeit of Lampreys - Ngaio Marsh
1959 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
A solid copy, usuual age tanning, still tightly bound
A weekend murder game in a country house goes badly wrong ans Inspector Alleyn of Scotland Yard is on the case!

A solid copy of one of the author's most highly regarded titles
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Singing in the Shrouds by Ngaio Marsh
1984 US paperback later edition
A tight solid book
Still square, usual age tanning and light shelf rubbing to edges

Synopsis
Alleyn finds himself boarding a luxury cruise ship bound for South Africa when he believes the 'Musical Murderer' is aboard !

A decent reading copy and a classic !
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Died in the Wool written by Ngaio Marsh ~ The Queen of Crime !
1986 UK Fontana paperback edition
Tight and solid
A tidy readers copy

The search for a member of parliament finally reveals a body - a body entombed in a bale of woool ! Inspector Roderick Alleyn investigates this classic and unique mystery
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Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh
1973 British Fontana paperback later edition
A nice reading copy, light paper tan as always but a clean and tidy book

A real cracker of a mystery story featuring Troy and Roderick Alleyn, personally recommended, I certainly enjoyed it
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Ngaio Marsh - Death at the bar
1973 UK Fontana paperback later edition
A nice clean and tight copy
A nice example of the author's 9th book

A real classic Ngaio Marsh mystery in which a game of darts in an old English inn has a very bad ending !
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Enter a Murderer
1958 UK Penguin paperback later edition published London
A solid book, slight lean and tan to spine, clean and tidy

Inspector Alleyn saves his friend Nigel's life on stage !

A solid copy of the author's 2nd book
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Overture to Death Written By Ngaio Marsh
1955 British Penguin paperback later edition
A particularly nice copy - much nicer than normally seen
Solid clean and tight

Synopsis
What sort of person in the sleepy English village of Chipping would murder the rich spinster Idris Campanula? Quite a few as it turns out. Miss Campanula was a dreadful gossiper, who thrived on the trouble she cause. But when Inspector Roderick Alleyn turns up to investigate, he soon suspects that the killer might have got the wrong victime and may soon stage a repeat performance !

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Surfeit of Lampreys
1955 UK Penguin paperback later edition
Clean covers, solid binding, light page tan

What this Book is About
The Lampreys family were full of charm but were short of money. They all accepted they were a little strange -- and rather revelled in it. Strange parlour games a speciality which were employed to amuse their rich but despised Uncle Gabriel, whom they couldn't stand. The Lampreys idea was to cheer him up so he would bail them out financially once more. However, Uncle Gabriel met a violent end. Enter Chief Inspector Alleyn had to work our which of them killed him

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Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh
1951 British Penguin paperback later edition
A tight solid book
Still square, usual age tanning and light shelf rubbing to edges

Synopsis
A corpse in the back seat of a cab starts a classicly constructed mystery and a major Golden Age mystery. The social season had started. Deb's with their chaperones were giving parties and balls. All the while a viscious the blackmailer was planning his campaign, and seeking out the next victim. Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn sets about the case with a friend of his

A decent vintage copy - a classic !
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Death in Ecstasy - Ngaio Marsh
1952 UK Penguin paperback later edition, London
A reading copy only
Usual tanning etc, slight lean

A solid reading copy of the author's 4th book
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Death and the Dancing Footman Written By Ngaio Marsh
1951 British Penguin paperback later edition
A particularly nice copy - much nicer than normally seen
Solid clean and tight

Synopsis
With the idea of getting together a party of particularly spiteful enemies for his own personal entertainment, an eccentric millionaire gives a party. A horrendous fall of snow strands the miserable guests, then a particularly unwelcome visitorarrives . . . death. Call for Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard

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Death and the Dancing Footman
1958 UK Fontana paperback first edition
Some creasing to final few pages
A decent clean copy. Now out of print
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see also our Ngaio Marsh Bibliography

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Brief Biography
MARSH, (Edith) Ngaio. New Zealander. Born in Christchurch, 23 April 1899. Educated at St. Margaret's College, Chribtchurch. 1910-14; Canterbury University College School of Art. Christchurch, 1915-20. Actress in New Zealand, 1920-23; Theatrical Producer, New Zealand, 1923-27; Interior Decorator, in partnership with Mrs.Tahu Rhodes, London, 1928-32. Served in a New Zealand Red Cross transport unit during World War II. Producer for D.D, O'Connor Theatre Management, New Zealand, 1944-52. Honorary Lecturer in Drama, Canterbury University, Ngaio Marsh Theatre founded at Canterbury'University, 1962. Recipient: Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. 1977. D.Litv. Canterbury University, 1963. Fellow. Royal Society of Arts. O.B.E. (Officer, Order of the British Empire). 1948; D.B.E. (Dame Commander. Order of the British Empire), 1966. Died IS February 1982.

Ngaio Marsh - The Characters
Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn
Physically tough, Roderick Alleyn is a good man to have nearby in moments of danger. He is intelligent, perceptive, and cultured enough to appreciate and discuss the theatre, art, and music. He can move about quite easily in social circles with friends like Lord Robert "Bunchy" Gospell. The man who chronicles Alleyn's adventures is Nigel Bathgate, a journalist. Alleyn does not look like a typical policeman and would, in fact, "do" very nicely at any social gathering. This should be no surprise, since his mother, Lady Alleyn, is prominent in British social circles. He is tall and lean, has dark hair and gray eyes with corners that turn down. He is a serious man, not given to smiling easily. Nonetheless, he is handsome and his deep voice and lean, long-fingered hands impress women meeting their first policeman. He remains detached in most of his cases, though he is decidedly human. He becomes emotionally involved when one of his friends is murdered. His involvement takes the form of love when, during one case, he meets the attractive and famous portrait painter, Agatha Troy, whom he later marries. The Alleyns are to be separated for more than 3.5 years during World War II, due to Roderick's assignment to New Zealand. Their meeting, on his return, is poignant.

Nigel Bathgate
Nigel Bathgate, a young journalist on the "London Clarion," is invited to a house party where he renews his acquaintance with the vivacious Angela North. Angela, a bit wild, scares Nigel by driving a car recklessly but, nonetheless, intrigues him. They ultimately get married. Murder occurs during the weekend, and Bathgate meets the Scotland Yard Inspector sent to investigate, Roderick Alleyn*. Bathgate is an in- genuous, robust young man with a reddish face, brushed-up mustache, and a neatly barbered look. He becomes Alleyn's good friend and chronicles his adventures.

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