In Murder on Mallowan Court, the fictional street Ginger Gold lives on in South Kensington, is a nod to the mysterious Lady Mallowan.
So, who is Lady Mallowan?
Before introducing you to Lady Mallowan, perhaps I should briefly introduce you to her second husband, Sir Max Edgar Lucien Mallowan.
His wife Lady Mallowan joined him for several months each year to assist him with archaeological digs in the desert. Together they dug up ancient Mesopotamian artifacts in places like Iraq, Syria and Egypt. Lady Mallowan did the work of cleaning, classifying and taking pictures of the artifacts they found, along with documenting the sites. She also devised a way to restore ancient ivory figurines using the chemical properties found in cold facial cream! She became an expert at restoring objects and matching pottery fragments, and was much respected by Sir Max's colleagues for her skilled and thorough work. Many of her findings are now held in the British Museum.
Inspired by these experiences, some very famous novels were written. These include Murder in Mesopotamia, Appointment with Death, Death on the Nile, and Murder on the Orient Express. If you're a fan of Agatha Christie, you might already know that the legendary mystery writer, was also known as Lady Mallowan.
“The lure of the past came up to grab me. To see a dagger slowly appearing, with its gold glint, through the sand was romantic. The carefulness of lifting pots and objects from the soil filled me with a longing to be an archaeologist myself.”
Many of Agatha’s novels feature settings of archaeological sites, and the characters and stories were often were inspired by her own travels to these places and the people she met along the way.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is considered to be one of Agatha Christie's greatest works. As it was published in 1927, the year Murder on Mallowan Court takes place, I knew I had to bring it to Ginger's attention. Astute readers might catch the Easter Egg!
As Mrs. Ginger Reed~also known as Lady Gold~waits impatiently for the coming of her baby, new neighbours move onto Mallowan Court. The Foote family is very much like Ginger’s own, if not the mirror opposite: Mr. and Mrs. Foote an unhappy couple; Mr. Rothwell an aging, irate patriarch; Miss Charlotte, whom Scout finds to be a tantalizing, if confusing specimen of young ladyhood; along with a similar collection of staff.
The sudden passing of a Foote family member is determined to be unsuspicious, but something about this strange family doesn’t sit right with Ginger.
When the doctor banishes Ginger to her bed to await the coming birth, she has to depend on the information brought to her by her good friend and former sister-in-law, Felicia, the new Lady Davenport-Witt.
Can the two ladies solve the crime before the baby comes?
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