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
Alleyn's essentially counter-intelligence, investigating a potential information leak (and associated murder) on a New Zealand sheep farm.
I like the reduced cast of characters. I like the setting. And it struck me in this one that I definitely have a better sense of Alleyn as a character now. One could argue that 13 books in is too late - I don't disagree. I will only say that it probably happened a ...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
It's just a good story. Marsh has by n ...more
… but Roderick Alleyn, sent from England to investigate the case (since it may be connected to possible espionage) finds that Flossie’s generosity may not have been utterly unadulterat ...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
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
Of all the "Great Ladies" of the English mystery's golden age, including Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh ...more