Friday book list #15: Still more books by Ngaio Marsh

Death and the Dancing Footman:


Stage works:
  • Saxophone in Tarlatan by Aubrey Mandrake (real name Stanley Footling). Play (highbrow and presumably experimental). Imaginary.
  • Bad Black-Out by Aubrey Mandrake. Play. See above.
  • Six Characters in Search of an Author (Italian: Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore) by Luigi Pirandello. Play. (sideways mention, i.e. the actual title is not mentioned as a title but the exact phrase occurs in reference to the play. I felt justified in including it as the author is mentioned as well).
  • The Passing of the Third Floor Back by Jerome K. Jerome. Play and short story, but the reference could be to either the play or a film based on it.

  • Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. (mentioned as Alice through the Looking-Glass). Novel.
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Novel.
  • Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers. Detective novel.
  • Handley Cross: Or, Mr. Jorrocks's Hunt by Robert Smith Surtees. Novel.

Impossible to place:
  • Stonehenge. Could be anything.

Colour Scheme

Lots of Shakespeare in this one - including the ubiquitous Macbeth - as one of the supporting cast is a Shakespearian actor.

  • Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

  • Some aspects of the Study of Comparative Anatomy by Dr. James Ackrington. Fictional work. 

  • Henry IV by William Shakespeare. Historical play. 
  • Henry V by William Shakespeare. Historical play.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (as "The Dream") by William Shapespeare. Comedy.
  • Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare. Comedy. (Wikipedia calls it a "problem play")
  • As Your Like It by William Shakespeare. Comedy. 
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Tragedy.
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Tragedy.
  • Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare. Tragedy.
  • Charley's Aunt by Brandon Thomas. Farce.

  • Theatre Arts. A theatrical periodical. Seems to be real.
  • The Harpoon Courier. Presumably a newspaper. Can't say whether it's real or imagined.

  • The Babes in the Wood. Could be a reference to the folk tale, the ballard or the pantomine based on it.

Died in the Wool:

Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Tragedy.

Hakluyt's Voyages.  Travelogue.
Famous Trials. True crime. Probably a genuine book.

The New Statesman. Magazine.

Final Curtain

  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Tragedy.
  • Othello by William Shakespeare. Tragedy.
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare. Tragedy.
  • Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare. Problem play.
  • The Lady of Lyons by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton. Romantic melodrama.
  • The Bells by Leopold Davis Lewis. Tragedy.
  • The Way of the World by William Congreve. Comedy.
  • The Second Mrs. Tanqueray by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero. Problem play.
  •  Victoria Regine. Probably the play by Laurence Housman.


  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. 


  • “The Antient Arte of the Embalming of Corpfes. To which is added a Difcourfe on the Concoction of Fluids for the Purpofe of Preferving Dead Bodies. By William Hurfte, Profeffor of Phyfic, London. Printed by Robert White for John Crampe at the Sign of the Three Bibles in St. Paul’s Churchyard. 1678.” I can't find any sight of it's being real, but it could easily be genuine.
  • Famous Trials. True crime. See previous mention.
  • The Times. Newspaper.

 A Wreath for Rivera, aka Swing Brother, Swing

  • Harmony. Periodical. Imaginary.
  • Monogram. Periodical. ??
  • The Evening Chronicle. Newspaper.
  • The Triple Mirror. Periodical, probably imaginary.
  • Pegs Weekly. Periodical, possibly imaginary.

  • Don Quixote (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (Spanish: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha)) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
 Short stories:
  • "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe.
  • "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe.

Stage works:
  • Fewer and Dearer. Play or show, probably imaginary.

  • The Yogi and the Commissar by Arthur Koestler. Collected essays (on sociology?).
  • Police Code and Procedure. A reference to a real work, I have no doubt, but this is probably a shorthand title.

Night at the Vulcan, aka Opening Night

The Onlooker. Periodical.

  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Tragedy.
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Comedy.
  • The Second Mrs. Tanqueray by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero. Problem play.
  • Private Lives by Noël Coward. Comedy of manners.
  • Sleeping Partners. I think this must refer to a real play, but as it's a common phrase, Google throws up so much junk that I don't feel like sifting through it all to make sure.
  • This to revisit by John James Rutherford. Dramatic play. Imaginary.


Popular Posts