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(From The Christchurch Press)
Byline: CREAN Mike
Dame Ngaio Marsh is buried beside three Russian emigres at Mount Peel in a churchyard where stories abound. MIKE CREAN reports.
How would you murder a man, in a lift, between the third and fourth floors?
Christchurch crime novelist Ngaio Marsh popped this question to eminent surgeon Sir Hugh Acland, as they sat among dinner guests at the Acland family's Mount Peel homestead in South Canterbury.
"With a meat skewer through the eyeball into the brain," Sir Hugh said, after due consideration.
So Dame Ngaio used this technique to bump off a hapless character in Surfeit of Lampreys. The cover illustration on the paperback edition shows the victim, his hand …