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Enter a Murderer, by Ngaio Marsh

March 4, 2014

Ngaio Marsh

Much has been written about Ngaio Marsh, from her own autobiography, Black Beech and Honeydew, to countless blog posts. She was the subject of two biographies; first in 1991, by Margaret Lewis, and then again in 2008, by Joanne Drayton. She was a winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award (in 1978), and was made Dame of the British Empire in 1966. In 2010, the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel was established in New Zealand. Given all this, saying something new about Ngaio Marsh is a bit of a tall order, so instead we’re leaving you with this three-part New Zealand TV documentary from 1977 on the life of Ngaio Marsh, which contains a long interview, excerpts from the TV series, and, in the third part especially, a discussion of Ngaio Marsh as a theater actor and director.

Fun fact from the documentary: her first play was titled “Cinderella” (OK, so she was 10 years old).

 

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