London: The Crime Club by Collins, 1967. [Detective novel] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.287; , blank. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spine, illustrated endpapers showing the opulent Dolphin Theatre, pictorial dust-jacket by Kenneth Farnhill priced at 18s. Top edge dusty else fine in fine wrapper, a shade toned to the spine. Most attractive. Dame Ngaio Marsh is best known for her 32 detective novels published between 1934 and 1982, all featuring Inspector Alleyn. Along with Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy L. Sayers, she was classed as one of the four original 'Queens of Crime' - female British crime writers who dominated the crime fiction genre of the 1930s and 1940s. Of the four, her work shows the greatest depth of characterisation, and often carries a vein of humour. Item #54332
Cooper and Pike; Detective Fiction pp.205-207, Hubin p.275.
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