Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ngaio Marsh

She was a mystery writer.  Bet you can't pronounce her name!  Not Marsh, the other one.  It's pronounced nye-oh. Wait, I just found out her real first name was Edith. I guess that was too pronounceable for her.  She was born in New Zealand and "ngaio" is the Maori word for, take your pick, a flowering tree; clever; light on the water;  a small insect.  She wrote 32 mysteries featuring DCI Roderick Alleyn, publishing from 1934 to 1982.   And managed to keep the later ones from seeming dated. Give her a go.

Ngaio Marsh Mysteries
Source: Biography Resource Center as accessed through Ebscohost

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