Roderick Alleyn is back in this unique crime novel begun by Ngaio Marsh during the Second World War and now completed by Stella Duffy in a way that has delighted reviewers and critics alike.

Shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger Award 2018.

It’s business as usual for Mr Glossop as he does his regular round delivering wages to government buildings scattered across New Zealand’s lonely Canterbury plains. But when his car breaks down he is stranded for the night at the isolated Mount Seager Hospital, with the telephone lines down, a storm on its way and the nearby river about to burst its banks.

Trapped with him at Mount Seager are a group of quarantined soldiers with a serious case of cabin fever, three young employees embroiled in a tense love triangle, a dying elderly man, an elusive patient whose origins remain a mystery … and a potential killer.

When the payroll disappears from a locked safe and the hospital’s death toll starts to rise faster than normal, can the appearance of an English detective working in counterespionage be just a lucky coincidence – or is something more sinister afoot?

Author

Ngaio Marsh

Dame Ngaio Marsh DBE (April 23, 1895 - February 18, 1982), born Edith Ngaio Marsh was an author and theatre director from New Zealand. There is some uncertainty over her birth date as her father neglected to register her birth until 1900, but she is believed to have been born in Christchurch on 23 April 1899. Marsh worked as an actress, theatrical producer and interior decorator before publishing her first novel, A Man Lay Dead, in 1934. This, and all subsequent novels, featured her series character Chief-Inspector Roderick Alleyn. 

Country of Origin
Blog 2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards Longlist
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Review Money in the Morgue, Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Review COLOUR SCHEME - Ngaio Marsh
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy was born in London and brought up in Tokoroa New Zealand. She is also an actor, improvisor, comedian and occasional radio presenter. She now lives in London and is married to writer Shelley Silas. For complete biographical details please wander off to her site http://www.tartcity.com/intro.html#stella

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Series:

Series: Roderick Alleyn

Book Number:
33
2019

Series: Saz Martin

Book Number:
5
2005
Book Number:
4
2000
Book Number:
3
2000
Book Number:
2
1999
Book Number:
1
1999
Blog 2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards Longlist
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Review Money in the Morgue, Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Review The Hidden Room, Stella Duffy
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Blog Ngaio Marsh Award longlist revealed
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Blog #amreading The Hidden Room, Stella Duffy
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Review Review - OXCRIMES, Ian Rankin
Karen Chisholm
Monday, September 22, 2014
Blog Currently Reading - OxCrimes, introduced by Ian Rankin
Karen Chisholm
Friday, August 8, 2014
Review BENEATH THE BLONDE - Stella Duffy
Karen Chisholm
Friday, April 11, 2008
Blog Currently Reading - Beneath the Blonde, Stella Duffy
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, April 10, 2008
ISBN
9780008207137
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Book Number (in series)
33
Blog 2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards Longlist
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Review Money in the Morgue, Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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