A touring theatre company in New Zealand forms the basis of one of Marsh's most ambitious and innovative novels. New Zealand theatrical manager Alfred Meyer wanted to celebrate his wife's birthday in style. The piece de resistance would be the jeroboam of champagne which would descend gently into a nest of fern and coloured lights on the table, set up on stage after the performance. But something went horribly wrong. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn witnessed it himself. Was Meyer's death the product of Maori superstitions? Or something much more down to earth?
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1937, when this was published in Great Britain, was a good Marshian year, and cognoscenti will recognize the vintage as soon as the first "damn'" appears with an apostrophe. Inspector Allyn, elegant as a left-hand parenthesis, stumbles on a murder in New Zealand when the manager of a troupe he train-travels with is bashed terminally with a jeroboam of champagne dropped from the flies. A nice collection of theatrical originals and local constabulary with Allyn discreetly intervening. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Ngaio Marsh
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 she received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.