Died in the Wool (Roderick Alleyn #13)
One summer evening in 1942, Flossie Rubrick, goes to her husband's wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech - and disappears. Three weeks later she turns up at an auction, packed inside one of her own bales of wool and very, very dead
The setting here is evocative and the plot effective and creepy. Marsh is really underrated, which I suspect is because Alleyn is ...more
I listened to this as an audiobook in ...more
A second wartime Alleyn mystery set in New Zealand (following on from Colour Scheme). The idea that Alleyn was in New Zealand as a counter-intelligence officer rather than a homicide department police officer means that some reason needs to be given for him to investigate a murder. In this case, the security implication is a possible link with an engineering design project under way at a remote sheep-station.
Florence Rubrick was an MP and the wif ...more
A year later, Flossie’s husband’s nephew Fabian Losse asks Roderick Alleyn - who is in New Zealand to undertake investigations for the government – to look again at the case. ...more
Alleyn is called in somewhat unofficially by the owner of property where a woman was killed. The local police force had worked on the case a year ago and had not been able to solve it. Aft ...more
It's a nice change, and the dev ...more
It's just after World War II, and New Zealand woman, Florence Rubrick has been brutally murdered and her body hidden in a wool bale. Inspector Allyn has been sent out from England to help solve this cold case as there is a suspicion that her death is part of an on-going espionage investigation. I found this novel to be s ...more
Though Marsh was a New Zealander, her detective Roderick Alleyn was pure Brit. Even so this is one of a handful of her stories to actually take place in NZ.
I'm trying to find a replacement for Christie because at some point I will have read all her novels. This is the second Ngaio Marsh I've tried, and neither book has impressed me. Do you have a ...more
While an unusual novel for Marsh in that it is both a murder mystery and a spy story, Died in the Wool has all the wonderful typical components of Marsh's work-a secluded estate, a cast of complex characters, twists and turns, and the fantastic Inspector Alleyn.
Alleyn has been called to the scene of the crime a year after the murder occurred. It is wartime, and while Alleyn is obstentiously there to seek out the spy in their midst, he is also there to figure out who stuffed and pressed a woman's ...more
In the end, it's a clever, tricky, surprising mystery, with much misdirection and an interesting (and surprising) "reveal" at the end. ...more
Of all the "Great Ladies" of the English mystery's golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh ...more