Died in the Wool
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
This was a reread for me, but from a long time ago.
The main thing that surprised me was how little this murder mystery evoked New Zealand for me, in spite of the setting on a South Island sheep farm. This was because the majority of the main characters were either British or had strong British links, so this felt like any other early Marsh with people fond of melodramatic utterances. The exceptions were the murder victim herself, who really seemed so much like a female NZ M ...more
Unusually, the crime in this novel – the murder of Flossie Rubrick – took place in 1942, while Alleyn does not visit her ...more
New Zealand is the site of all the action, a very well known lady shows up dead rolled up in wool at her sheep farm even though she'd had a house full of guests who were helping her look for a diamond clip along the paths surrounding the estate. Alleyn is called in to thoroughly investigate how this came about and who was responsible as he is UK's man on the scene in New Zealand on the watch for spies. It is wa ...more
Alleyn is far from his usual supporting cast in NZ during WWII, sussing out espionage after the body of a female MP is found in the middle of a bale of wool. Alleyn visits the sheep station where the murder occurred to try and solve the case, but also learn if secret weapons research being carried out there is being leaked to the enemy.
I’ve not read t ...more
The action takes place in New Zealand in the war so a classic murder story is set away from a British location with the addition of espionage to add to the interest . The author writes well as she should about her home country and draws the characters interestingly and differently from what might be expected in a classic murder mystery. It’s thoroughly enjoyable with plenty of twists and turns so the murderer only becomes guessable towards the end.
We start with Alleyn being sent up to the holding as a member of some unnamed wartime special branch, supposedly too hush-hush to even mention but it just reinforces the weak ...more
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
One summer evening in 1942, Flossie Rubrick, goes to her husband's wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech - and disappears. T ...more
It's just a good story. Marsh has by n ...more
The style of this book is very different and I had an audio edition which while being narrated beautifully by James Saxon, I struggled with the time gaps in several places at the beginning of the novel and had to rewind to wor ...more
WWII New Zealand where Allyen is helping the government investigate possible espionage. Summer,1942, Flossie Rubrick disappears. Three weeks later she is found packed inside one of her own bales of wool. A year later, Allyen goes to the remote sheep ranch to investigate the murder and possible case of espionage regarding two men working on a top- ...more
The hardest thing about listening to this one is that it features someone with a head wound, and I'm home listening to ...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