Author(s): Ngaio Marsh
Ngaio Marsh's bestselling and ingenious third novel remains one of the most popular pieces of crime fiction of all time. I assure you that if the opportunity presented itself I should have no hesitation in putting you out of the way.' The next day the Home Secretary dies during an emergency operation performed by the very man who had uttered this threat. But as Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn discovers, the victim had a lot of enemies - and the surgeon wasn't the only person in the operating room with motives for murdering him ...Following her debuts A Man Lay Dead and Enter a Murderer, The Nursing Home Murder was widely considered to be the book with which Ngaio Marsh, said The Times, 'transformed the detective story from a mere puzzle to a full-blown and fascinating novel'. It became her all-time bestseller and helped to cement Marsh's reputation as one of the Golden Age 'Crime Queens' alongside Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Marjorie Allingham. This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by the New Zealand writer and theatremaker Stella Duffy, and includes a never-before-seen excerpt from the unfinished Inspector Alleyn novel Money in the Morgue.
'Continues to be one of Ngaio's most popular novels, and has outstripped all her other titles in sales.' MARGARET LEWIS 'Ngaio Marsh transforms the detective story from a mere puzzle into a novel.' DAILY EXPRESS 'She is astoundingly good.' DAILY EXPRESS 'The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.' THE SUN 'So entertaining that I recommend it unreservedly.' Daily Telegraph 'Agreeably effortless telling.' Guardian 'One of her best and most baffling mysteries' Daily Express
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.