Author(s): Ngaio Marsh
On stage at the Unicorn Theatre, an unloaded gun fired a very real bullet, killing Arthur Surbonadier, an actor using blackmail instead of talent. The suspects included girlfriends and blackmail victims. The stage was set for one of Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn's most baffling cases.
'It's all good Ngaio Marsh, and that is good enough to satisfy the most critical reader of detective stories.' New York Times
Dame Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand in 1895 and died in February 1982. She wrote over 30 detective novels and many of her stories have theatrical settings, for Ngaio Marsh's real passion was the theatre. She was both actress and producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre. It was for this work that the received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.