Ngaio Marsh Goes Home (Queens of Crime at War 5)

Caught between two very different worlds, WW2 forced this queen of crime to become better acquainted with her homeland.

This is the fifth episode of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War.

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There are no spoilers in this episode.

Books referenced:
— Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime by Joanne Drayton
— Ngaio Marsh by Margaret Lewis
Ngaio Marsh: The Woman and Her Work by B. J. Rahn
Black Beech and Honeydew by Ngaio Marsh
Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh
— Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh
Surfeit of Lampreys by Ngaio Marsh
Death and the Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh
Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh
— Died in the Wool by Ngaio Marsh
Photo Finish by Ngaio Marsh

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