The Collected Short Fiction of Ngaio Marsh

By Ngaio Marsh

This quantity comprises all of Ngaio Marsh's recognized uncollected fiction in addition to a couple of similar items. Following Marsh's essays at the creations of Roderick and Troy Alleyn, the booklet reprints the 3 brief tales approximately Alleyn initially released in periodicals over the distance of thirty-four years. "Death at the Air," which first seemed in a British journal in 1939, is a standard closed-circle detective tale of the interval with a shrewdpermanent homicide machine and a cleverly hidden assassin. "I Can locate My means Out," released in 1946, is Marsh's basically brief tale with a theatrical surroundings, and it comprises her bow to at least one of the main recognized detectival plot units, homicide in a locked room. "Chapter and Verse," from 1973, has a plot which may simply were increased right into a full-length novel, and prefer the former tale is redolent of the Golden Age of Detection. the rest stories are urbane reports of crime. The short-short "The Hand within the Sand" (1953) is Marsh's purely enterprise into writing approximately actual crime. "The Cupid Mirror" (1972) and "A idiot approximately Money" (1974) are totally different from one another other than in a single way—they finish with a victory over a unconditionally exasperating individual. "Morepork" (1978), Marsh's ultimate and doubtless top brief tale, tells of a wierd trial within the forests of recent Zealand. The e-book concludes with Evil Liver, a formerly unpublished telescript produced in 1975, within which the viewer (or reader) needs to act as detective.

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