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Friday book list #13: Three books by Ngaio Marsh



Death in Ecstasy

Stage work:
  • "Hail Fellow" – either a play or a show – fictional
Novels:

  • Petronius – I don't usually include references to authors alone, but here is was clear it was the works (and the risqué contents) and not the author that was being referenced.
Non-fiction: (the titles should speak for themselves as to the contents)
  • Abberley‘s Curiosities of Chemistry. Published by Gasock and Hauptmann, New York, 1865. Appears to be fictional.
  • From Wotan to Hitler – seems to be fictional.
  • Jnana Yoga – could be fictional, could be real.
  • Spiritual Experiences of a Fakir – seems to be fictional.
  • The Koran - religious text.
  • The Meaning and the Message – probably fictional.
  • The Soul of the Lotus Bud – seems to be fictional.
Verse:
  • Eros on Calvary and Other Poems, by Jasper Garnette (fictional).

Publications:
  • National Geographic
  • The Daily Mail
  • The Saturday Evening Post
 Other:
  • Ole Man Adam – probably Ol’ Man Adam an’ His Chillun by Roark Bradford. Collection of folk tales.

Vintage Murder:

Publications:
  • Tatler
  • The Daily Sun

Stage works:
  • Double Knock – play. Appears to be fictional.
  • Ladies of Leisure – play. Could be a reference to Ladies of the Evening by Milton Herbert Gropper, which was filmed in 1930 under the former title and might well have been performed under that title as a draw.
  • Macbeth – play by Shakespeare. (Othello is also alluded to).
  • Millament – play. Could be a reference to The Way of the World by William Congreve.
  • Our Best Intentions – play. Appears to be fictional.
  • Pagliacci – tragic opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo.
  • Scissors to Grind – play. Appears to be fictional.
  • The Jack Pot – play. Appears to be fictional.
  • The Maid‘s Tragedy - play by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher.
  • The Mikado – comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.
  • The Rat and the Beaver – play. Fictional (see Enter a Murderer).
  • The Worst Woman in London – presumably the play by Walter Melville.
  • Time Payment - play. Appears to be fictional.

Artists in Crime:

Publications:
  • The Palette – periodical for artists. There are several periodicals with that name, but it‘s a very generic name and I can‘t begin to guess if it‘s a fictional periodical or a real one.
 Novel:
  • Trilby by George du Maurier. This could be a reference to a play based on the book, but I rather fancy it‘s the book that‘s being referenced.
Stage work:
  • Angle of Incidence – play by Michael Sasha ("about three county council labourers in a sewer"). Fictional.
Non-fiction:

Non-fiction:
  • Principles and Practices of Criminal Investigation by Roderick Alleyn, M.A. (Oxon), C.I.D. (Sable & Murgatroyd, 21s.) – Fictional.

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