A lovingly crafted biography of New Zealand Crimewriting Queen, Ngaio Marsh who, like Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie, wrote detective fiction during mystery's goldn age. Ngaio Marsh wrote more than thirty polished English detective novels between 1934 and her death in 1982. How did she do it? To say would give away the story of her life, but those who have already met her elegant sleuth Roderick Alleyn know he, too, kept his footing in diverse plots, managing the local idiom whether crime cracking in Britain, on the continent, or in New Zealand. Marsh's talent was as varied as her heritage. A gifted artist, a spirited dramatist, actress, and producer, her crime fiction embraces her triple interests. May are set in the worlds of art and theater.