Ngaio Marsh was a global ‘Crime Queen’ in those harrowing decades of doubt haunted by two World Wars and the Great Depression. The detective novel was a parable of redemption that gripped the popular imagination and offered comforting tales of good conquering evil.  One of the many fascinating things about Ngaio Marsh is how the queen of the crime novel managed to conceal herself in so many layers of mystery, red herrings and intrigue.

Her sexuality was debated during her life and after her death, and she remains an enigma. Join award-winning author Joanne Drayton on a journey into the mind and mystery of Ngaio Marsh. Why did she write her stories? How did she edit her life? And what career-ending dangers did she have in store for her biographer?

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Last updated: 14 December 2020