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Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand and split time between there and London. She wrote 32 crime novels and was considered along with Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham one of the 4 "Queens of Crime" - women novelists dominated the genre in the 20s and 30s. Her most famous character was Inspector Roderick Alleyn. Smart and witty - didn't have the edge of Chandler and Hammett "across the pond."