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Apart from three of the shorter cases of Scotland Yard's Roderick Alleyn—introduced to us as a Detective-Inspector but inevitably being promoted (over his fifty-year career) to the rank of Detective-Chief-Superintendent—this collection includes an introduction to Marsh’s life and work by Douglas G. Greene; essays by Marsh describing the “births” of Alleyn and his wife Troy Apart from three of the shorter cases of Scotland Yard's Roderick Alleyn—introduced to us as a Detective-Inspector but inevitably being promoted (over his fifty-year career) to the rank of Detective-Chief-Superintendent—this collection includes an introduction to Marsh’s life and work by Douglas G. Greene; essays by Marsh describing the “births” of Alleyn and his wife Troy; four unrelated short stories; a teleplay for a British television series called ‘Crown Court’; and what may be Dame Ngaio’s first published work: the story ‘The Figure Quoted’, which was not discovered until after the first edition of this book was issued. Contents: Roderick Alleyn — Portrait of Troy — Death on the Air — I Can Find My Way Out — Chapter and Verse : The Little Copplestone Mystery Other Stories — The Hand in the Sand — The Cupid Mirror — A Fool About Money — Morepork — Evil Liver — The Figure Quoted Does not include Newly discovered: The figure quoted


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Apart from three of the shorter cases of Scotland Yard's Roderick Alleyn—introduced to us as a Detective-Inspector but inevitably being promoted (over his fifty-year career) to the rank of Detective-Chief-Superintendent—this collection includes an introduction to Marsh’s life and work by Douglas G. Greene; essays by Marsh describing the “births” of Alleyn and his wife Troy Apart from three of the shorter cases of Scotland Yard's Roderick Alleyn—introduced to us as a Detective-Inspector but inevitably being promoted (over his fifty-year career) to the rank of Detective-Chief-Superintendent—this collection includes an introduction to Marsh’s life and work by Douglas G. Greene; essays by Marsh describing the “births” of Alleyn and his wife Troy; four unrelated short stories; a teleplay for a British television series called ‘Crown Court’; and what may be Dame Ngaio’s first published work: the story ‘The Figure Quoted’, which was not discovered until after the first edition of this book was issued. Contents: Roderick Alleyn — Portrait of Troy — Death on the Air — I Can Find My Way Out — Chapter and Verse : The Little Copplestone Mystery Other Stories — The Hand in the Sand — The Cupid Mirror — A Fool About Money — Morepork — Evil Liver — The Figure Quoted Does not include Newly discovered: The figure quoted

30 review for The Collected Short Fiction of Ngaio Marsh

  1. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    A collection of stories written by Ngaio March at the beginning of her career. Alleyn is in of a few stories. There is one with 5 Solutions. At the first part there is an a description of her life and career.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Having recently wallowed in a 3-novel collection of Marsh's mysteries, I had solid expectations for this collection. None of the entries here appealed at all.Perhaps she needs the greater space of a novel to spin out her yarns, and the more intense demands of the short story are too intense. These seemed bland to me, more like "ideas for a story" than fullfledged narratives. Having recently wallowed in a 3-novel collection of Marsh's mysteries, I had solid expectations for this collection. None of the entries here appealed at all.Perhaps she needs the greater space of a novel to spin out her yarns, and the more intense demands of the short story are too intense. These seemed bland to me, more like "ideas for a story" than fullfledged narratives.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Umer Abbas

    I never understood the appeal for Ngaio Marsh as possibly the fourth queen of crime because her writing although from aliterary point is great but her detective puzzles are lacking. I thought of gauging a view from her short stories and was disappointed out of the three Allyen stories only one( Chapter and Verse : The Little Copplestone Mystery )can even be considered a proper puzzle the first two are straightforward scientific detection stories. The best fun ironically comes from her non-crime I never understood the appeal for Ngaio Marsh as possibly the fourth queen of crime because her writing although from aliterary point is great but her detective puzzles are lacking. I thought of gauging a view from her short stories and was disappointed out of the three Allyen stories only one( Chapter and Verse : The Little Copplestone Mystery )can even be considered a proper puzzle the first two are straightforward scientific detection stories. The best fun ironically comes from her non-crime story "a fool about money" although guessable but entertaining. The real stand out is Greene's 5 proposed solutions to Marsh's telescript which again sadly says more about Doug Greene than Marsh.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Georgene

    A short biography of Ngaio Marsh, 4 Roderick Alleyn short stories, a couple of free standing short stories and a radio play Dame Marsh did in the late 70s. It's a short but interesting collection. I'm not terrifically fond of reading plays, but it was an interesting story. So, if you run across this book somewhere and like Dame Marsh's stories, give this book a try. A short biography of Ngaio Marsh, 4 Roderick Alleyn short stories, a couple of free standing short stories and a radio play Dame Marsh did in the late 70s. It's a short but interesting collection. I'm not terrifically fond of reading plays, but it was an interesting story. So, if you run across this book somewhere and like Dame Marsh's stories, give this book a try.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kerrie

    It was an ok collection. I enjoyed "I Can Find My Way Out" but already knew the solution as this story was referenced in "A Night at the Vulcan" which I had previously read. Overall, not that much mystery and far too little Inspector Alleyn. It was an ok collection. I enjoyed "I Can Find My Way Out" but already knew the solution as this story was referenced in "A Night at the Vulcan" which I had previously read. Overall, not that much mystery and far too little Inspector Alleyn.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    These are good short stories and some character sketches from one of my favorite authors. Some are in the Alleyn canon, some are not. I'm not as fond of short mystery stories as I am of full length novels, but I did enjoy reading them. These are good short stories and some character sketches from one of my favorite authors. Some are in the Alleyn canon, some are not. I'm not as fond of short mystery stories as I am of full length novels, but I did enjoy reading them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Good for the completist.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Love her mystery stories and her detective Roderick Alleyn.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Not the most polished or complete stories, but worth reading nonetheless, just because I like and am interested in the characters involved.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    Short, easy to read, and enjoyable

  11. 4 out of 5

    John

    I'm a major fan (although I don't revisit them as often as I should) of Marsh's novels, but I was underwhelmed by this collection of her shorter fiction -- which I see is, despite the title, incomplete. Two short essays introduce the book, one about Alleyn and his genesis, the other likewise for Troy. The Alleyn one I found myself enjoying more than I expected; really the person it introduces us to was Marsh herself, and there could be no better company. There follow three Alleyn novelettes, of wh I'm a major fan (although I don't revisit them as often as I should) of Marsh's novels, but I was underwhelmed by this collection of her shorter fiction -- which I see is, despite the title, incomplete. Two short essays introduce the book, one about Alleyn and his genesis, the other likewise for Troy. The Alleyn one I found myself enjoying more than I expected; really the person it introduces us to was Marsh herself, and there could be no better company. There follow three Alleyn novelettes, of which two are somewhat wearisome exercises in the infernally-complex-modus-operandi genre but one of which, "Chapter and Verse: The Little Copplestone Mystery", is jolly fine. Then come four non-Alleyn stories of which three are exceedingly slight but one, "Morepork", has more interest; although well written and with a lovely sense of place, it's alas completely non-functional as a mystery story -- the solution to the murder comes not through any sort of deduction but via a thunderingly obvious mechanism. Finally there's the screenplay of the episode Marsh wrote for the TV series Crown Court, "Evil Liver." I actually caught this on screen yonks ago, perhaps even its first airing; I switched on t'telly at random, was just about to change channels when I saw it was Crown Court, then yelped with glee when I saw Marsh's name in the credits. Unfortunately, the play was pretty drab, and it doesn't read a whole lot better on paper. I could have done with far more apparatus in this book: original publication details of the stories, just for starters.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I found that these memorable stories were familiar, that I'd already read them years ago, but enjoyed them all over again. Not as cozy comfort, but for the sharp observation and witty commentary. Ms. Marsh really writes comedies of manners disguised as detective fiction, so that even when the conclusion is easily reached, the repartee, characterization and story progression is such fun to read. And as a professionally accomplished playwright, she allows one to envision everything very well; she s I found that these memorable stories were familiar, that I'd already read them years ago, but enjoyed them all over again. Not as cozy comfort, but for the sharp observation and witty commentary. Ms. Marsh really writes comedies of manners disguised as detective fiction, so that even when the conclusion is easily reached, the repartee, characterization and story progression is such fun to read. And as a professionally accomplished playwright, she allows one to envision everything very well; she sets the scenes well. Wish these stories could see the light of day as movies. I also really am taken with her depictions of the country and people of New Zealand, her native place, including the Maoris.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    These stories were ok, but not great. My favorites were Death on the Air, Chapter and Verse, and Evil Liver. I do want to read more of her work to get a better sense of it. Maybe the full-length novels are better. A couple of the stories reminded me of Saki's tales, with their odd twists. Thanks to the intro, I finally know that her name is pronounced "nye oh." These stories were ok, but not great. My favorites were Death on the Air, Chapter and Verse, and Evil Liver. I do want to read more of her work to get a better sense of it. Maybe the full-length novels are better. A couple of the stories reminded me of Saki's tales, with their odd twists. Thanks to the intro, I finally know that her name is pronounced "nye oh."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Hobbs

    Read so far: Death on the air--3 I can find my way out--3 Chapter and verse: the little Copplestone mystery--3 The hand in the sand The cupid mirror--2 A fool about money--3 *Morepork A telescript *Evil liver

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maureen E

    These were very fun! I’ve had a soft spot for Inspector Alleyn for several years and I’d never read any of these short stories. Several non Alleyn stories as well. [Dec. 2008]

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    A great read I really enjoyed this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen Blackburn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  22. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn Arnold

  23. 4 out of 5

    Claire Benton

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caton

  25. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Merkuloff

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Busby

  27. 4 out of 5

    Polly

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  30. 5 out of 5

    BJ

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