Our first Queen of Crime is Ngaio Marsh, who was a prolific New Zealand author of the Golden Age, penning 32 books featuring her dapper detective “Handsome Alleyn,” as well as a plethora of short stories, stage plays, and non-fiction. We have chosen her witty and surprising novel Surfeit of Lampreys to hook you in to her work, if you happen to be unfamiliar with it. It’s a good one!
- You can learn more about Ngaio Marsh here.
- Here is a link to the Ngaio Marsh Theatre at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch NZ, and here is a link to the Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust.
- We think it’s gross, but if you want to learn more about jewellery made out of human hair, have at ‘er.
- Here is a link to Ngaio Marsh’s autobiography, Black Beech and Honeydew.
- You can read all about how King Henry I was killed by a surfeit of lampreys here. While we’re at it, let’s get some background on humorism, and also on lampreys.
- And, just to get even more macabre, here is an article about The Hand of Glory. No one expects The Hand of Glory!
Thanks as always to Rob Muir for our theme song, original intro music and all things audio. And thanks to you for listening!