Most people have heard of Agatha Christie, and many have actually read at least one of her books.
But you may not have heard of the author Ngaio Marsh. She's one of my favorite mystery writers.
Right now I'm in the paperback version of this book, "A Clutch of Constables" - and it's lovely. With an artist, Troy Alleyn, taking a river cruise. And mysterious happenings begin around her. Troy Alleyn is the wife of Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard. The first part of the series deals with their courtship. This book is later in the series, and was apparently first published in 1968 in Great Britain by Collins, as part of the Collins Crime Club in hardback. The picture above is the original dust jacket.
I love Ngaio Marsh's writing and characters. She's from New Zealand. Doesn't she look interesting in her photo? She was a painter and a theater producer herself. I'm thinking she would have been fun to have as a dinner guest, don't you? Some of her books went out of print, but many are coming back into print now. And many libraries have her books. If you get a chance, and you're looking for interesting reading over the holidays, check out her series. I think you'll enjoy her.