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Edith Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982) is a native of
New Zealand whose name means "flowering tree" in Maori, the
native language. She was born in Fendalton, now part of Christchurch, New Zealand. She
created one of the most popular detective, Inspector Roderick Alleyn, a
upper class English police officer of the Scotland Yard who first appeared
in her novel A Man Lay Dead (1934). He appeared in 31 more
"She writes better than Christie."
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