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.
'Miss Marsh at her best she is thoroughly at home in the wings with a pack of actors locked in the grip of rehearsals and jealous intrigue.' New Statesman 'Miss Marsh's best yet.' Observer