By Ngaio Marsh

This quantity comprises all of Ngaio Marsh's identified uncollected fiction in addition to a number of comparable items. Following Marsh's essays at the creations of Roderick and Troy Alleyn, the publication reprints the 3 brief tales approximately Alleyn initially released in periodicals over the distance of thirty-four years. "Death at the Air," which first seemed in a British journal in 1939, is a standard closed-circle detective tale of the interval with a shrewdpermanent homicide equipment and a cleverly hidden assassin. "I Can locate My method Out," released in 1946, is Marsh's merely brief tale with a theatrical surroundings, and it comprises her bow to 1 of the main recognized detectival plot units, homicide in a locked room. "Chapter and Verse," from 1973, has a plot that may simply were improved right into a full-length novel, and prefer the former tale is redolent of the Golden Age of Detection. the remainder stories are urbane experiences of crime. The short-short "The Hand within the Sand" (1953) is Marsh's in basic terms enterprise into writing approximately precise crime. "The Cupid Mirror" (1972) and "A idiot approximately Money" (1974) are totally different from one another other than in a single way—they finish with a victory over a unconditionally exasperating individual. "Morepork" (1978), Marsh's ultimate and doubtless top brief tale, tells of a strange trial within the forests of recent Zealand. The booklet concludes with Evil Liver, a formerly unpublished telescript produced in 1975, within which the viewer (or reader) needs to act as detective.

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